Family Research Council

Honoring the World War II Veterans, but not without a Barricade


By Tony Perkins
October 07, 2013

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They stormed the shores of Normandy, hopped the islands of the Pacific, and flew raids over Germany, but they had one last mission: Reach the barricades at the World War II Memorial in Washington. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council. Since the World War II Memorial was completed in 2004, thousands of veterans have traveled from every corner of the country to see the memorial constructed to honor those who served. To facilitate the experience for the rapidly dwindling number of World War II veterans, non-profit organizations have conducted honor flights, which bring the veterans to the city. Last week, honor flight from Iowa and Mississippi arrived and found the open air memorial that is visited 24/7 throughout the year barricaded with Park Police standing guard. Requests by Congressmen to the White House to accommodate the veterans were rejected. Several Members of Congress, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) stepped in creating a breach in the wall of gates, which allowed the wheelchairs to roll through, followed by others proudly streaming onto the walkways that honor their service to the nation.

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