Several Republican members of Congress moved barricades from the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, escorting veterans through the yellow tape and onto the grounds that were legally closed from the government shutdown.
The Honor Flight veterans were flown to D.C., cost free, to the see the memorial erected in their honor on the National Mall. But after flying all the way from Mississippi, they discovered it had been closed due to the government shutdown.
National Park Service police erected barriers, preventing access to the veterans. But with the help of Minnesota Representative Michele Bachman, they broke down the barriers and stormed their memorial.
“I ran over as quick as I could … and I couldn’t’ believe my eyes,” Bachmann said. “There were all these veterans standing here behind police tape and they are prevented from going in to see the memorial.”
“About maybe eight to 12 of us members, one member had a scissor cut the tape and then we just escorted the veterans in,” she continued. “You should have seen the veterans. They had smiles from ear to ear.”