Veterans bypass barriers at closed WWII memorial
by Brett Zongker, Associated Press
October 01, 2013 02:12 PM | 1033 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
World War II Veteran George Bloss, from Gulfport, Miss., looks out over the National World War II Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Veterans who had traveled from across the country were allowed to visit the National World War II Memorial after it had been officially closed because of the partial government shutdown. After their visit, National World War II Memorial was closed again. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
World War II Veteran George Bloss, from Gulfport, Miss., looks out over the National World War II Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Veterans who had traveled from across the country were allowed to visit the National World War II Memorial after it had been officially closed because of the partial government shutdown. After their visit, National World War II Memorial was closed again. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress.

Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. Members of Congress, including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, went to the site after receiving panicked emails and cut police tape to let in the veterans from Iowa and Mississippi.

Bachman says it was "pure joy" when the veterans were allowed in because they had traveled so far. She says members of Congress plan to continue coming down to the memorial to ensure veterans can visit.

Park spokeswoman Carol Johnson says the service didn't want to keep veterans out, but the agency was directed to close all memorials.



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Carol Vasko
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October 10, 2013
I was contesting a foreclosure here in Cobb County Georgia. I am disabled and my young son suffers from chronic migraine. The VA showed to evict us and would not let me get my father's crematory ashes. My father is a WWII Purple Heart Veteran. If we do not respect our Veterans, including the VA mind you, that have offered their lives to protect this US of A we have stooped to a low low level. vaskov1248@gmail.com
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