I absolutely love this story — these vets show why they are known as the “Great Generation”. Younger people – you need to take note and you should spend some time learning about what your grandfathers and grandmothers to guarantee the liberties and freedoms so many people take for granted…. I am totally opposed to the rampant entitlement mentality that is so prevalent, but these vets definitely earned the right to visit this memorial. Government shutdown and DC gridlock be damned… I don’t agree with some comments by this author, but the vets story is great.
Additional Updated Article – http://dcclothesline.com/2013/10/03/the-greatest-generation-teaches-those-in-dc-a-lesson-in-backbone-and-courage/
Veterans Occupy World War II Memorial Closed Because of Shutdown
CONNOR SIMPSON12:15 PM ET
A group of World War II veterans aren’t letting a pesky government shutdown stop them from visiting a Washington, D.C. memorial. These are your first, and probably only, bad ass heroes of the government shutdown.
…. As a result, all national parks and open air memorials are closed across the country. One of the more depressing casualties of the shutdown: a group of 91 veterans who travelled on an Honor Flight from Mississippi might be locked out from a scheduled memorial visit Tuesday morning.
The chance that they might miss out on their visit because of political gridlock was sad, depressing news. “It actually requires more effort and expense to shut out these veterans from their memorial than it would to simply let them through,” Rep. Steven Palazzo conceded on Monday.
But did these veterans let the shutdown stop them? No, no they did not.
It’s now a party down there, with Iowa veterans joining in on the fun. Shane reports park police have completely given up trying to keep people out of the memorial.
For more pictures, the full article and a video, visit – http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/10/veterans-occupy-world-war-ii-memorial-closed-because-shutdown/70068/