'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.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.
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.
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.