GOP Reps Topple Barriers to Memorial So Veterans Can Enter During Shutdown

By Matt Vespa | October 1, 2013 | 2:30pm EDT

The government shut down at midnight earlier this morning, closing memorials in the nation's capital - but, some visiting veterans weren't taking "no" for an answer.

A group of veterans decided to storm the World War II memorial and pay their respects - aided by Congressional Republicans.

The majority of the group was made up of octogenarians, some them pushing ninety.

A group of honor veterans from Iowa said that their congressman - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) - assisted in removing the barricades, telling MRCTV's Dan Joseph they thought King's actions were "wonderful."

"Our congressman opened the gate for us - Steve King," one veteran from the Iowa delegation told Joseph.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) appeared to corroborate the story, telling MRCTV that congressional "Republicans led the veterans in."

"These are guys are that were not stopped by Nazis, Fascists, Axis powers, kamikazes...these guys made it through all that, and this is their memorial," Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told Joseph.


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