FOR VISITING THEIR MEMORIAL
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 2, 2013) — An Ohio television station is reporting that World War II veterans scheduled to take “Honor Flights” to Washington, DC to see the World War II Memorial have been threatened with arrest by an employee at the National Parks Service.
All national parks and monuments, operated by the Department of the Interior, are officially closed because of the partial government shutdown which arose when the House and Senate failed to come to an agreement on an appropriations bill at the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
The World War II veterans’ memorial does not charge admission, require on-duty staff or give guided tours; visitors walk through or roll over the cement independently.
On Tuesday, a group of Honor Flights veterans, with the help of several members of Congress, defied the barriers to see the memorial dedicated to their service. A Stars and Stripes reporter who witnessed the occurrence said that Rep. Steve King “distract[ed] a park police officer while vets and staffers knocked down the fences here.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann told the press that the House had passed “four different funding bills” intended to keep all government functioning the government before Tuesday but that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “refused to even look at them.” On Tuesday evening, the House voted on a measure to reopen the World War II Memorial which was reportedly defeated by “Democrats.”
On Monday, Rep. Steve Palazzo had requested in a letter to Obama that the monument be made available to the visiting veterans.
On Tuesday, ABC News reported that veterans visiting on Wednesday and beyond “are not going to be as lucky” as the group which broke through the barriers. “The WWII Memorial will be re-closed this afternoon and remain closed until funding is restored. National Mall and Memorial Parks Communications Officer Carol Johnson told ABC News the memorial will be shut down and cleared by Park Police,” ABC said.
Rep. Steve Stockman, who has been tweeting about the veterans’ situation this morning and afternoon, stated in a press release and on Twitter that “Obama set up this confrontation, and even had Park Police warn wheelchair-bound 90-year-old vets may be arrested for seeing it before they die, because he hoped the mainstream media would blame Republicans.”
Stockman also said that the World War II Memorial is “privately-funded.”
Sen. Rand Paul reported on Twitter that “.
@BarackObama sent 7 security guards to #WWIIMemorial this AM to keep out our vets. Sadly, that is 2 more than were present in Benghazi,” referring to the lack of security at the U.S. outpost which came under attack on September 11, 2012, during which four Americans were killed and which the regime has not explained.
This writer’s father was a World War II veteran in the China/Burma/India theater. While his name was placed on the national registry, he did not have the opportunity to visit the monument before his passing in July 2011. This writer wonders what he would say if he knew of the veterans who are under threat of arrest from the Obama regime today.
Stockman’s father also served in World War II “fighting the Nazis.” In his Wednesday press release, Stockman expressed anger that House and Senate Democrats had not voted to provide funding for the processing of Veterans’ Administration claims. “That is sick,” Stockman declared.
The Obama regime has shown hostility toward military veterans of all ages, having designated them through propaganda campaigns as “potential domestic terrorists” since taking office.
Judicial Watch reported that it has begun an investigation of the World War II Memorial closing through FOIA requests.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.