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WWII memorial opened to vets
The Hill ^ | October 2, 2013 | Jeremy Herb

Posted on 10/02/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by jazusamo

The National Park Service opened the World War II Memorial Wednesday to veterans visiting from around the country.

Carol Johnson, a National Parks Service spokeswoman, said the veterans' groups had been granted access Wednesday because it was deemed a first amendment demonstration.

The memorial was still closed to the public, however, and Johnson said other war memorials on the National Mall would also be closed.

But veterans could be seen visiting the Vietnam War Memorial about a half-mile away.

The memorials were closed and barricaded because of the government shutdown that began Tuesday.

Veterans arriving at the World War II memorial Tuesday encountered barriers, which were moved at some point so that they could enter the memorial. It’s not clear if they were moved by the park service or lawmakers who were present.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people visited the World War II Memorial to protest its closure. Lawmakers from both parties were also present with visiting veterans.

The memorial is generally open 24 hours.

With the government shut down, however, barricades were posted Tuesday morning. The park service explained that the memorials were closed and that the Park Service would not have people on hand in case someone was injured while visiting a memorial.

Republicans have seized on the issue, suggesting the White House is putting up the barricades to make the shutdown deliberately painful.

The administration has responded by blaming Republicans for shutting down the government and denying funding to the Park Service.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barrycades; govtshutdown; obama; shutdown; unpunish; vets; ww2memorial; wwiimemorial; wwiiveterans; wwiivets
0bummer must be feeling the heat, closing these was a juvenile thing to do but predictable for him.

The outdoor memorials should be open to all.

1 posted on 10/02/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

So they shut them down, because someone might be injured? What kind of sissified Country do we live in? I’ve been in countless parks with no Ranger nearby, and so have countless others. We all survived!


2 posted on 10/02/2013 10:26:57 AM PDT by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: jazusamo

Yep. We’re all being punished for simply not falling in lock-step with Skippy’s utopian agenda. And veterans are probably among the least of his supporters, so it makes sense to fence them away from the monuments that honor them.

Skippy’s transparent, alright. Like a two year old throwing a tantrum. How stupid does he think we are?


3 posted on 10/02/2013 10:27:04 AM PDT by Tigerized (So. Are YOU better off than you were 5 years ago?)
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To: jazusamo

F’ing Nazi sheize.

We should have a friggin’ parade out there by the millions.


4 posted on 10/02/2013 10:28:22 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I REFUSE!)
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To: vpintheak

Agreed, that’s about the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard, especially when everyone knows 0bummer wants to make it hurt.


5 posted on 10/02/2013 10:29:28 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Uncle Miltie

AMEN to that!


6 posted on 10/02/2013 10:30:50 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Apropos of nothing, but the WWII monument is a real letdown compared to the Korea and Vietnam monuments.

The veterans were not done justice.

7 posted on 10/02/2013 10:32:29 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: jazusamo
The WWII memorial is important, of course, but the greater concept is more important. I think the crowd should now, having achieved a victory, walk away from the WWII memorial and move on to the next memorial which is still closed. Force the government o open that one too. Then move on to the next. Rinse, lather, repeat.

There is no reason for any open air memorials to be closed and barrycaded.

8 posted on 10/02/2013 10:34:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: jazusamo

The VETS have turned the public sympathy,,,and when you listen to some of the VETS,,they are so anti-Obama it’s wonderful!


9 posted on 10/02/2013 10:35:28 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: vpintheak

Is it closed at night? Are the gates locked? Is there even a fence? NO! What a load of crap. Maybe they should shut down all the federal highways just so nobody gets hurt. You know, any roadway that gets federal funding. Which is just about all of them.


10 posted on 10/02/2013 10:36:25 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“The WWII memorial is important, of course, but the greater concept is more important. I think the crowd should now, having achieved a victory, walk away from the WWII memorial and move on to the next memorial which is still closed. Force the government o open that one too. Then move on to the next. Rinse, lather, repeat.”

What a GREAT idea!


11 posted on 10/02/2013 10:36:25 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Uncle Miltie

agree.........


12 posted on 10/02/2013 10:37:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: jazusamo

“...the Park Service would not have people on hand in case someone was injured while visiting a memorial.”

God forbid that someone might fall down and skin their knee on government property! This is a prime example of the Nanny State mentality that we suffer under.

I can accept that a government building such as the Smithsonian would be closed, but an open air park? Get stuffed!


13 posted on 10/02/2013 10:37:52 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: jazusamo

Tough guy Hairy Reed should go stop those anarchist vets.


14 posted on 10/02/2013 10:38:22 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: wideawake; ClearCase_guy

You’re absolutely right, veterans are not being done justice.

Your suggestion, CCg, is dead on the mark. The veterans there should force them to remove barrycades from all.


15 posted on 10/02/2013 10:40:48 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: vpintheak

And the irony of saying such a thing to WWII vets.


16 posted on 10/02/2013 10:41:41 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jazusamo; tanknetter

Needs to be said out here often and loudly:

NPS officers were turning their backs and stepping aside to LET the Barry-cades be removed, and allow access to the Vets and Citizens. They were defying orders.

We have Patriots there helping our people, and they need to be recognized and applauded.

Spread this; so they will hear that they are appreciated.


17 posted on 10/02/2013 10:42:02 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: jazusamo
had been granted access

These little bureaucrat bustards didn't GRANT anything. The Veterans TOOIK it.

18 posted on 10/02/2013 10:43:01 AM PDT by DManA
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19 posted on 10/02/2013 10:43:06 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

“By the WH to make it painful”
Like the sequester and closing the WH to its owners?
Yeah, this is their modus operandi.
And there was no reason to ‘close’ the VN memorial.
You can just walk by it on sidewalk. Closing it is Obama BS!


20 posted on 10/02/2013 10:43:11 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: jazusamo

Boys who fought in shirtsleeves then fight in their ball caps and T-shirts now.


21 posted on 10/02/2013 10:43:58 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: jazusamo

LOL...”it was deemed a First Amendment demonstration.” Did Nancy Pelousey write that excuse for you bureaucrats to cover Obama’s skinny butt because this made government look terrible?


22 posted on 10/02/2013 10:46:38 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: jazusamo

I hope they did this in defiance of Dear Leader’s orders.


23 posted on 10/02/2013 10:47:48 AM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: jazusamo

How can the Administration block access to a memorial supported through private donations?

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=funding.asp&subpage=intro


24 posted on 10/02/2013 10:47:56 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I hear you. The turkey in the WH has shown us for years he thinks he can do whatever he wants and he’s ignored laws, rules and precedents many times, he’s despicable.


25 posted on 10/02/2013 10:53:18 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: NFHale
Support Freedom ... Remove the Barrycades!
26 posted on 10/02/2013 11:01:19 AM PDT by mikrofon (Liberty BUMP)
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To: Tigerized

utopian or Ethiopian? oh wait, no he is Kenyan


27 posted on 10/02/2013 11:07:35 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: jazusamo

Time to protect the White Hut with a double ring of DC Transit buses again.


28 posted on 10/02/2013 11:16:06 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mikrofon

There’s a photo floating around - a gentleman holding up a sign “Mr. President, Congress: Tear Down This Wall”

Gotta love it.


29 posted on 10/02/2013 11:16:13 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: jazusamo

Call Obama’s bluff. Just fund the Park Service. Then watch dingy Harry squirm.


30 posted on 10/02/2013 11:17:59 AM PDT by NYRepublican72
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To: DManA; All

Post/thread BUMP!


31 posted on 10/02/2013 11:37:54 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: wideawake
I agree. I have been there several times and it is so huge and complex that it is incoherent. The simplicity of the Iwo Jima memorial is much more powerful.

I was one of the Vietnam veterans who was very opposed to the wall before it was built. Once I saw it in person I knew it was the perfect memorial. It was overwhelming emotionally, but very dignified physically.

32 posted on 10/02/2013 11:45:03 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: clintonh8r
I have been there several times and it is so huge and complex that it is incoherent.

It feels like you are wandering around an enormous mausoleum where the states are buried.

The war dead are nameless 1/100ths of stars in an idea stolen from the Langley memorial wall.

You walk away from the Vietnam wall moved each time. You sense the human cost.

You walk away from this monument cold.

33 posted on 10/02/2013 11:55:38 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: jazusamo

This is stupid, for areas that don’t require government workers (except for litter pickup) THESE AREAS DON’T NEED SHUTDOWN: What a vindictive “Rat” this administration is. Reminds me a two year old that doesn’t get his way..!


34 posted on 10/02/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: NYRepublican72

Call Speaker Boehner to tell him that: http://www.speaker.gov/contact


35 posted on 10/02/2013 12:59:54 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: NFHale

A Big clap!


36 posted on 10/02/2013 1:01:00 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: NYRepublican72
Tried already. Harry said no to funding NPS.

Nevada is a purple state. People need to get out to their (closed) National Parks to protest. Nevada has two such parks. As this is partisan and we want to avoid conflict each party should get one park to invade for protests against the other sides actions/inactions in DC. To be fair we'll assign them alphabetically. The GOP goes to the unstaffed Great Basin National Park. The Democrats go to the unstaffed Death Valley National Park. And see which team can protest the loudest and longest. Work hard for our GOP team! Make Harry reach deeply into his Vegas reserves for this one.

37 posted on 10/02/2013 1:38:36 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: JSDude1

Yeah man! Thank you...!


38 posted on 10/02/2013 2:32:12 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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