1. Closing The Lincoln Memorial
Although the federal government has shut down several times before, this is the first time the Lincoln Memorial has been completely closed to the public.
2. Barricading The WWII Memorial
The World War II memorial is now guarded by more security personnel than during normal operations.
3. Removing Vietnam Veterans From Their Own Memorial
It takes more manpower and costs the government more money to close down an outdoor wall than to just leave it open.
4. Attempting To Shut Down Privately-Owned Mount Vernon
George Washington’s home is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
They receive no funding from federal or state governments. Nevertheless, park officials attempted to barricade the parking lots.
5. Ordering The Closure Of A Colonial Farm The Gov. Hasn’t Supported Since 1980
Funding for the Claude Moore Colonial Farm was cut from the budget in 1980.
The NPS sent law enforcement agents to remove staff and volunteers from the property.
6. Refusing To Let Arizona Reopen The Grand Canyon
The State of Arizona offered to pay to reopen the Grand Canyon, but the administration rejected them.
7. Threatening To Arrest Priests If They Celebrate Mass On Military Bases During Shutdown
Priest are “not permitted to work – not even to volunteer.”
8. Forcing Property Owners Out Of Their Homes On Federal Land
Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s.
9. Shutting Down A Bunch Of Government Websites Even If Its Cheaper To Keep Them Up
Home pages of several government websites redirect to a shutdown notice page, even as many subdomains remain operational.
10. Threatening To Cancel The Air Force-Navy Football Game For No Reason
The Naval Academy Athletic Association is a private organization not funded by the government. When asked why the games would be cancelled, Naval Academy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said he was told it was about “optics.”
11. Barricading The MLK Memorial
Rangers are usually on duty to answer questions and provide interpretive programs.
12. Barricading Iwo Jima Memorial
Reportedly, the memorial is usually unmanned and unguarded.
The Good News..
America’s heroes moved the barriers and went in anyway.