NPS spokesperson: WWII Memorial open to Honor Flights veterans

10:39 AM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Tuesday, we told you about nearly 100 World War II veterans getting around a barricade with a sign from the National Park Service that read, "Because of the federal government shutdown, all National Parks are closed."

Their visit of the WWII memorial was organized by Honor Flight, a program that brings veterans from all over the country to see the WWII memorial for free.

At the time, Carol Johnson, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service said, "The Park Service did not want to do this, but we've been instructed as a federal agency to close our facilities and our grounds."

Some members of Congress defied the National Park Service and opened the barricade.

Tuesday, the Daily Caller reported that "The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo's office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial..."

Palazzo told the Daily Caller that his office contacted a liaison for the White House, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and the Capitol Police and all officials rejected his request to allow the veterans to visit the memorial. After helping open the barricade, Palazzo announced in a statement that he planned to introduce legislation to ensure Honor Flights were able to see the memorial.

Wednesday, Carol Johnson tweeted, "The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII Memorial to conduct 1st Amendment actives in accordance with NPS regulations."


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