World War II veterans defied an order related to the government shutdown Tuesday. The veterans walked past barriers at the World War II Memorial in Washington. Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. While a congressman distracted U.S. Park Police, the veterans and congressmen knocked down the barriers, cut the police tape, and walked into the memorial. Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia) escorted a veteran from Alabama.
"The America that I have known would have welcomed our WWII Veterans with open arms and spared no effort to make their tour of the monument as pleasant and honorable as possible, Bachus said. "For them to be greeted by barricades is not the America that our forefathers left us."