Today, because of the Obama/Reid Government shutdown, the national parks and memorials, including the World War II Memorial, were shut down. But that didn't stop a group of World War II vets from storming the monument like they did a beach in Europe or the Pacific 70 years ago (Stars and Stripes).
Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital.
The four bus loads of veterans — visiting from Mississippi as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour — ignored National Park Police instructions not to enter the site as lawmakers and tourists cheered them on.
“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed.
The scene was both emotional and comical at once. After it was clear they had lost control of the situation, Park Police officials stood aside, telling press that they had “asked for guidance on how to respond” to the breach of security.
As 80-something veterans slowly walked around the massive war memorial, Park Police stood quietly to the side, advising other tourists that the site was technically still closed. But they made no moves to stop the wishes of the war heroes.
...As Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, distracted a Park Police representative, other lawmakers and their staff helped topple the metal fences. A bagpiper on hand for the event led the men past the crowd and into the heart of the memorial, attracting a large, applauding crowd.
It got worse when the Daily Caller revealed that our petulant little boy-child President not only knew about the request of these WWII vets but denied it.“This just means so much to me,” said Alex “Lou” Pitalo, an Army vet who also served in the Pacific during WWII. “I waited 70 years to get a welcome like this. And to get to see this and to have all those people clapping … I’m just so happy. This was amazing.”
The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday.
Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial.
“We got the heads up that they will be barricaded and specifically asked for an exception for these heroes,” Palazzo told TheDC. “We were denied and told, ‘It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?’ when we contacted the liaison for the White House.”
Palazzo’s office was in touch with the heads of the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and the Capitol Police. He says all these officials rejected his request to allow the veterans, many of whom are octogenarians and some of whom are in poor health, to attend.
Palazzo, a Gulf War who has participated in all five of the Honor Flights, blames the White House for making it harder on veterans and playing politics. “At first I thought it was a huge bureaucratic oversight,” Palazzo told The Daily Caller, “but having talked with the officials I can’t help but think this was politically motivated. Honor Flights, which bring WWII veterans to the nation’s memorials, are planned a year in advance and cost anywhere between $80,000 to $100,000. How low can you get with playing politics over our nation’s veterans?”Obama once closed down the Vietnam Memorial to veterans visiting DC during Memorial Day, so he could use that sacred memorial as a prop for his campaign. Not only that, but word tonight is that, because of Obama and the Democrats temper-tantrum over Obamacare, they are rejecting a GOP proposal to open national parks and fund veterans services.
In other words, it's the Democrats and Obama who are (to use liberal talking points) playing hostage takers because they insist on keeping the failed Obamacare risky scheme. Shame on these DemoRATS!
But a big thumbs up and way to go to Rep. Steve King and Rep. Steven Palazzo for helping these World War II vets knock down the barriers Obama put up on visiting a memorial to them they might never have the chance to see again. These members of the Greatest Generation who fought for our freedom, as well as all our vets, deserve more respect than that jug-eared, Marxist Rodeo Clown gives them.