Like the hundreds of World War II veterans who came to National Mall to pay their respects this week, a group of Vietnam veterans found a barricade blocking the way to their memorial Friday. News4?s Mark Segraves said two U.S. Park Service Rangers manning the gate asked that the group respect the government’s shutdown but moved aside.
Segraves described the exchange as pleasant and respectful.
The veterans then moved the barricade and walked down to the wall to pay their respects. But a flood of tourists followed even though the memorial is closed to the general public.
“The consensus among the group of Vietnam veterans was we’re going to go anyway. We’ll go through the barricade,” North Carolina resident Reid Mendenhall said.
Anybody up for a trip to D.C.? I heard that Mark Levin was planning to act as tour guide…
You know, I’ve thought about this intransigence on Obama’s part, and now I’m wondering if he isn’t actually trying to provoke such a confrontation. He and many of those who live in his bubble hate the military, and he probably thinks the rest of America does too.
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The President can pick all the battles with congressional Republicans that he likes and probably not draw too much political fire from the middle. But if you wanted to conduct a poll of who is least likely to be blamed for anything in this country by the general public, veterans visiting war memorials would have to come in somewhere near the bottom of the list, behind possibly only puppies.
PRINCETON, NJ — Americans continue to express greater confidence in the military than in 15 other national institutions, with 78% saying they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in it.
I suspect those numbers shoot straight up if you limit the question to military vets.
It takes more manpower and costs the government more money to close down an outdoor wall than to let people walk past it and pay their respects.
Because…feel the shutdown pain, no matter how much it costs!
UPDATE: Apparently there actually is a Million Vet March in the works:
BTW, good to see Jim Hoft back at his regular stand, too!