Barricades were erected around national monuments in Washington, DC, Tuesday morning as a result of the federal government shutdown, but they proved no obstacle for two groups of war veterans determined to pay homage to their fallen comrades.
A group of 90 World War II veterans from Mississippi showed up at the World War II monument Tuesday morning and would not be denied, according to The Washington Post. Though they were faced with metal barricades closing off the monument, according to news reports, a shout went up and the barricades moved—though it's unclear who exactly moved them.
“I’m not going to enforce the ‘no stopping or standing’ sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans,” one U.S. Park Police officer told The Washington Post. “I’m a veteran myself.”
A group of veterans from Puerto Rico also moved aside a barricade so they could pay homage at the Korean War Memorial, reported The Washington Post.