National Park Service closed WWII Memorial despite knowing Honor Flights were inbound
The Department of the Interior knew beforehand that two groups of aging veterans would be visiting the World War II Memorial as the partial government shutdown began on Oct. 1 but decided to barricade the site anyway, according to e-mails obtained by National Review Online.
The newly released public records also show National Park Service employees busily monitoring the news for any bad publicity and making shutdown exceptions for their co-workers.
National Review cites to CNN regarding how angry some lawmakers were, even as NPS was looking to pin it on Congress:
Outraged and baffled, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, crossed through an opening in the railing earlier in the morning – before the breach – and got on the phone to try and reach the secretary of the Department of Interior.
“I don’t get it. I’m furious. I’m trying to get a hold of people,” he said, standing on the other side of the barricade and looking around for help. “But I can’t seem to get a hold of anybody.”
Just absurd and inexcusable. It cost more to barricade the Memorial than to just leave it open, so the argument that the Government shutdown caused this mess has always been specious.