This isn't about the general outrage of memorials being closed or people being turned away. This is about the specific decision taken, questioned
then REAFFIRMED to take after a chance to reconsider. This was 100% deliberate by design, given that.
Just in case anyone was under the impression that the World War II memorial had been closed by oversight, rigid following of the rules on everything
else or just plain stupid coincidence? Well..... I hate to confirm what I had hoped wouldn't come up, but I had a feeling ...someone would have asked
about this in a formal request, ahead of time. I wasn't going to assume it and I didn't yesterday, despite statements indicating it may have
happened this way.
I was very good, IMO, about not piling on with speculation.
Now it isn't speculation. It's simply what happened, it seems.
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 in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday.
Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around
the closed memorial.
It's entirely possible that some miscommunication happens. Wires get crossed..signals get mixed and stupidity happens. In Washington, they call that
starting an average day, I believe. They had EVERY chance to fix this in embarrassed horror yesterday and even Obama would have gotten applause out of
me for being big enough to see it done. (He outright ignores other laws which don't please him, why rigidly shove this one down our throats?)
Palazzo’s office was in touch with the heads of the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and the Capitol Police. He says all
these officials rejected his request to allow the veterans, many of whom are octogenarians and some of whom are in poor health, to attend.
I think people need to understand something in context to this and ONLY this Monument for a specific example. Many of these men...these veterans of
the Greatest Generation...aren't there by their own travel money. They don't live around D.C. and they can't come back some day to catch it another
Many of those men are there by special trip and arrangement in once in a lifetime (at their age, let's not play games...) opportunity to see and
experience what was constructed SO LATE ..in their honor.
This isn't a chance many will ever get a do-over for. So, this is NOT like the Lincoln memorial or the Washington monument. This is personal, deeply
meaningful and unique for life experiences to be had by these old folks.
This is another headline story right now that explains a bit more about "Honor Flights" for these guys and what this is potentially screwing them
out of if they force a shut down and force them out of THEIR monument.
Honor Flight to World War II Memorial in jeopardy due to shutdown
It's obscene, and it's a travesty.