Veterans Storm World War II Memorial

Unknown man with flag helps move fences to allow Nevada World War II veterans into their memorial (Elias Johnson)
Man helps move barricades from World War II memorial (Elias Johnson)
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Updated: 10/13/2013 12:55 pm

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- A crowd has converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown. WTOP Radio ( ) reports that Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were among those who gathered Sunday morning, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Cruz says President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the shutdown. The memorial has become a symbol of the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans over who is at fault since the shutdown began. On Sunday morning, a protest by truckers converged with a veterans march at the World War II Memorial. Participants cut the links between metal barriers at the National Park Service property and pushed them aside.

AP-WF-10-13-13 1552GMT

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Speed - 10/14/2013 1:41 PM
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Tee'd; How much could it possibly cost the Government to keep the Memorials and Parks open? They are primarily maintained through donations and other groups. I prefer not to argue the fault issue with you,BOTH parties are acting immature about the shut-down. The Republicans are simply using Negotiation,the only tool the Minority Party really has,to try to get SOMETHING done that won't destroy America,and the Democrats are acting the schoolyard bully by refusing to consider anything except having it THEIR way. They COULD have stopped the shut-down simply by accepting ANY one of the half dozen reasonable offers the Republicans brought to them,but they refused to even discuss a compromise. Funny that you'd mention RESPECT in this context. "Respect is nothing the right wingers KNOW anything about" I corrected your spelling-we learned the difference between "no" and "know" in First Grade. You're welcome. Anyone with more than two brain cells can see it's the Liberals in this Country that don't understand the concept of Respect. Anyone with ANY RESPECT for the Veterans wouldn't be using their sacrifices to push a Political Agenda,and wouldn't BARRY-CADE the Memorials that BELONG to those Veterans. Mr. Obama/Soetoro has no concept of respect-that's something he's never been taught. Alan and eodgi; You're right,BOTH Parties have had non-Veterans in office. Big Deal. At LEAST Bush and Cheyney are AMERICANS.

teedofftaxpayr - 10/13/2013 6:49 PM
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They closed the Memorials because there was no money to pay for their upkeep thanks the right wings in Congress. There was no money to maintain the respect those Memorials deserve. Respect is nothing the right wingers no anything about they're too busy trying to save face from the joke they tried to submit. They don't have America interest at hearth, only the 1% rich.

Trzo9veuha - 10/13/2013 6:19 PM
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Tear those Barry-cades down!

eodgi - 10/13/2013 3:08 PM
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I'll bet it never bothered you that Cheney also got 5 Vietnam deferments and Bush was able to sign up as a pilot for the TX National Guard when he scored the very lowest score possible bc their family had money. Bush got his cherry assignment bc his dad was a Congressman and he self admittingly did not want to be drafted into the Infantry to serve in Vietnam. What makes them cowards is their warmongering and willingness to sacrifce other's lives to make their buddies in Halliburton and big oil rich. You don't see Obama or Biden pushin large scale unjust wars....Iraq ring a bell? Before you jump to conclusions, I am also a OEF vet and am tired of Repubs using Vets as an excuse to push their reckless policies which undermine the poor/middle class.

Alan Rosean - 10/13/2013 2:24 PM
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I am a veteran. Joe Biden is not a veteran because he was wealthy and influential enough to get 5 deferments to military service during Vietnam War. Obama is not a veteran because he chose politics and money over serving in the military for the experience before becoming president. Neither can understand veterans and our bond with our brothers and sisters. I have been to these memorials and was greatly moved emotionally. The Democrats had no business closing these memorials. I sometimes believe Obama and Biden care little about veterans and it shows with stunts like this.

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