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World War 2 veterans rebel against government, knock over barrier to visit memorial (photos)

A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside.

As part of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed. But the group of veterans continued to the monument Tuesday, as reported by Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane:

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Hey, a completely different version. Congressman on tape.

Grand Old Party Photo Op. GOP Reps Topple Barricades At WWII Memorial For Veterans Despite Shutdown. [Actually, a Congressman cut the barricade tape. WW II veterans were obliged to gently put aside the temporary barricade & a park ranger opened the gate. A bag pipe lead the parade entering the memorial site.] Obviously the gate was not "toppled." Here is the photographic evidence that rhetoric over stated the facts of the matter.

Both newsreels here show the actual peaceful event as it unfolded. A park service ranger was called in to guard & subsequently open the memorial. Republican Congressmen including King & Bachmann went over & cut the barricade tape. High drama? Idiocy overwhelmed by common sense? ... Clearly a photo opportunity, complete w/ bag pipe leading the parade into the memorial.

No malice of intent shown. Nary a harsh word spoken by the patient WW II veterans & related visitors.

Seemingly, a pleasant day to visit the memorial. Come on down!

[ Tell 'em Mark Twain sent ya.]

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Love the beautiful placard, so nicely designed...

Must have taken days to design, vote on, lay out, proof read, pre-print, final print, cut, prep, sort, transport, apportion, plan, schedule, final prep, and hang.

Tweeting occasionally as himself @cudnoski on the twitter.

It looks like Peter King

Is trying to make himself look good for the veterans. Let's just hope that they see that it's people like him are sending new veterans to war to die for King and McCain, and not for any noble cause.

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Yea, its all theater. There

Yea, its all theater. There is no need to close down the outdoor monuments like that. I have been to a couple and typically those places dont have any personel there most of the time.
There is no difference between now and when the government runs at full capacity. The monuments simply stand there silently.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Rep King was there?

I smell a photo op and some pandering.

Why close what's outside?

It's not like they charge admission or anything. Do they actually pay some lackey to stand there and watch people??

See, the government does use common sense

They are self aware enough to know that videos of the park police beating decorated WWII vets in wheelchairs would not play well on youtube.



This is awesome!

Just like in Athens Tennessee, veterans are not afraid of government.

What you said gave me a chill.

Because the first thing that popped into my mind was the Bonus Army.

Tell Obama Vaffancoulo


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