No one on either side of the aisle wanted to see the WWII veterans who came to Washington D.C. on an “Honor Flight” shut out of their memorial on Tuesday. The trip was planned long before the government shutdown and at this late date could not be rescheduled.
When they arrived at the memorial they were informed by the Park Police that it was closed and that no one was allowed to enter. They were understandably disappointed but they were also survivors of the army that stood before the armies of Hitler and Hirohito, so it’s no surprise they didn’t just simply turn around and leave.
Steve King (R-IA) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) were busy politicizing the event and acting as if they had absolutely nothing to do with the governmental shutdown which precipitated the closing of the parks and memorials.
King made the outrageous claim that President Obama had personally ordered that the memorial be closed, saying the Department of the Interior would never have dared to do it without his approval because it would be so politically damaging.
Regardless of the political sideshow, the vets decided they’d enter the memorial anyway.
King and Bachmann portrayed themselves to be champions for the American people and even attempted to take credit for the vets having gotten into the memorial, when in fact it was the veterans themselves, many of them in wheelchairs, who pulled away the barricades and entered the park with no assistance from the Congresspersons.
There are other Honor Flights scheduled in the near future, with a group scheduled to arrive today from Chicago.
While they have been notified that the memorial will remain closed until the shutdown is over, it remains to be seen if members of the “Greatest Generation” are going to accept no for an answer.
Watch how events unfolded in the video below.