“The Syracuse Honor Flight just knocked down the barrier and a couple hundred of them are at the Memorial now.” — Iwo Jima Memorial Closed, Barricades Erected (Update: Vets Break Through) (seen here)
Barricading the Iwo Jima memorial to keep out the veterans who took the real Iwo Jima seems massively stupid. Okay, the memorials are nominally closed because of the nominal government shut-down; but might this not be a good time to turn a blind eye? Think of it as a de facto waiver, Mister President.
The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.
“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.” — The cheap tricks of the game
The emphasis is mine. I hope that ranger keeps his job, or finds a better one.