Veterans of World War II — some in wheelchairs, others clutching canes and at least one advising a much younger reporter to embrace “good whiskey and bad women” — swarmed the WWII Memorial on Wednesday in defiance of the government shutdown.
Unlike a similar scene on Tuesday, there was little drama as the Honor Flight volunteers did their duty. Sure, more lawmakers generously protected the veterans by getting between them and TV cameras, and there were a handful of protesters. But Park Police officials made no serious attempt to keep the elderly guests out — and in fact ended up facilitating their visit with a wink-and-nod and a clear path from their buses to the memorial.
Yahoo News joined other media outlets at the memorial, which sits on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Here’s some of what we saw:
This is not auspicious. It’s closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.”
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