Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Greatest Generation Indeed...

Jacqueline in Texas sent this in. If it doesn't put a smile on your face, well, you must be an "essential" employee...

'Greatest generation' veterans sweep past barricades at memorial in their honor
What was meant to be a final gathering of heroes Tuesday instead became a final victory for dozens of World War II combat vets who refused to let the government's budget battle block a visit to their memorial in the nation's capital.

With bagpipers playing "Amazing Grace," nearly 200 veterans from Mississippi and Iowa swept past barricades and security guards at the World War II Memorial in Washington in order to keep a commitment to visit the site, which was closed today due to the partial government shutdown. The veterans, in their 80s and 90s, were accompanied by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., a former Marine who earlier vowed not to let the National Park Police keep them from a planned visit to the open-air monument.
The Park Police did not, in fact, stop the WWII veterans from attending the memorial, which is probably the one smart thing to come out of Washington today. Make no mistake - the "cuts" are intended to be as venal as possible - you know Obama's not going to miss any vacation time because of the shutdown. I'm sure the question was asked - should we turn these veterans away - and when they realized the absolute political suicide that would ensue, the decision was made to stand down.

It's telling that it took the generation that told the Axis to get stuffed to stand up to an out-of-control government, does it not?

That is all.

9 comments:

Armed Texan said...

On the CNN article, they had a picture of the barricade, presumably before it was removed, with a professionally printed sign stating, "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks are CLOSED." [Caps in the original]

Now, try to tell me that this is not political theater when the Park Service has the time, money, and manpower to print up professional signs, put out barricades, and keep park police on duty to keep a bunch of old men, most in wheelchairs, out of a public, open-air place.

notDilbert said...

What's more telling is that the Park Service had to first install the barricades because there normally are none.

Stretch said...

"I’m not going to enforce the 'no stopping or standing' sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans. I’m a veteran myself.” - U.S. Park Police officer
I applaud the USPP officer who knows where his duty lies. An Oath Keeper for sure!

RabidAlien said...

There's gotta be a Paypal button somewhere so that I can donate to these guys' next round(s) of drink.

harp1034 said...

Now the rest of the vets need to stand up. If you go by yourself they will get you. But it can be done as a group especially if there are disabled vets in the group.
It is time to tell the gov't to get off our backs.

Dave H said...

RabidAlien: Check out Honor Flight. It's a program to help vets go to see their monument in DC. You can donate money, or volunteer to help. In many areas the Patriot Guard Riders will stand flag lines to honor these heroes as they come home from an Honor Flight as well.

Old NFO said...

IF they had... boy oh boy... THAT would have ignited a firestorm!

RabidAlien said...

@DaveH: Yup, my Grandfather went on one a couple of years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I wish I could volunteer, but work hours prevent me from doing so. I have donated to them in the past, I may have to scrape some pennies up and donate again!

Saw a Tweet somewhere (Tam's blog, perhaps?) that said "Yeah, Normandy was closed when they showed up in '44. Didn't stop them then, either." Awe-frikkin-some!

Michael W. said...

MEN who faced Imperial Japanese forces as well Nazi and Italian troops and collaborators from conquered nations ain't going to just run from a bunch o' piss ant N.P.S. wonks and park service police. God bless and keep those vets.