by James George
“Republicans Grandstand At World War II Memorial Instead Of Working To Reopen It
Posted: 10/02/2013 1:37 pm EDT | Updated: 10/02/2013 4:56 pm EDT
World War II veterans wait to shake hands with members of Congress as they enter the World War II Memorial (Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post). | Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress on Wednesday took down a barrier at an entrance to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall for the second day in a row, allowing veterans who had traveled there from out of state to visit the memorial built to honor their service.
Like all national parks, the World War II Memorial is technically closed, since the federal government has been shut down and many National Park Service employees have been furloughed. But just before 11:00 a.m., lawmakers removed the barriers on its southern end and allowed busloads of veterans and volunteers accompanying them on their trip to enter.
Ironically, most of them were among the most vocal members of the House’s right flank that pushed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) toward a shutdown, and they are therefore partly responsible for the memorial’s closure.”