A group of WWII veterans drew a lot of media attention on Tuesday when they "stormed" the war memorial in Washington DC in defiance of the government shutdown. They reportedly pushed aside - or knocked down - barricades to enter the memorial erected in their honor.
Since then, several more WW2 veterans groups have announced they plan to visit on Wednesday and hope to prevent the memorial from being closed by the Park Service.
After all the media buzz on Tuesday, Missouri and Kansas congress members have agreed to meet the veterans at the monument and help them gain access. The congressional delegation includes Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-KS).
According to the Blaze, another "Honor Flight group from Toledo, Ohio, was allegedly threatened with arrest if they entered the closed memorial." Organizers expressed shock at the idea that 90-year-old veterans might be arrested for entering their own memorial.
It seems as though the Park Police are honoring veterans' wishes to enter the memorial. One officer told the Washington Post that police had allowed the bus to stop and veterans to alight. "I'm not going to enforce the no stopping or standing sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans," said the officer. "I'm a veteran myself. "
Republican Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was at the memorial when it was stormed on Tuesday. He's been praised by conservative sites for helping veterans but ridiculed by liberals for seeking good publicity from a shutdown his party had allegedly caused.