Veterans Have Stormed Washington’s World War II Memorial, Shutdown Or No Shutdown

If memory serves, WWII veterans have a bit of experience with storming a place and holding their positions.

1. Due to last night’s government shutdown, many federal landmarks are closed as of Tuesday morning.

2. The problem is that an Honor Flight of WWII vets were already on their way to the memorial from Mississippi.

4. As the veterans arrived in D.C. this morning, Leo Shane, a White House and veterans affairs reporter for Stars And Stripes, covered the whole scene on Twitter.

6. So what exactly happened? The veterans knocked over the barriers and went inside.

Honor flight vets just knocked over the barriers at the WWII memorial to get inside, #shutdown or no.

— LeoShane (@Leo Shane III)

7. Filling the memorial…

The scene at the WWII memorial right now. #shutdown

— LeoShane (@Leo Shane III)

8. And getting to their tower.

This is where the Mississippi WWII vets wanted to get -- their tower. #shutdown

— LeoShane (@Leo Shane III)

9. Mississippi’s veterans after they successfully stormed and occupied their memorial.

10. Look at that smirk.

11. Shane also clarified that Republican Rep. Steve King helped distract police officers while the vets stormed their tower.


12. King told CNN that it was a White House decision to close the memorial.

.@SteveKingIA "This is a White House decision" to close WWII Memorial. #govtshutdown

— jessicarights (@Jessica Stanton)

Mississippi congressman moves gate and lets 92 WW2 vets see their monument.

— tomsherwood (@Tom Sherwood)

14. After the Mississippi veterans cleared a path, more veterans poured in to the area, with police letting everyone enter, unofficially opening the park.

Iowa vets (yellow shirts) now coming into WWII memorial with congressional security guard. #shutdown

— LeoShane (@Leo Shane III)

Made it down to the WW2 memorial. Looks like vets are being allowed to walk down freely.

— lachlan (@Lachlan Markay)

16. God bless America.

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