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World War Two Vets Storm the Barricades

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The Mississippi Honor Flight flew 92 World War Two veterans to Washington D.C. for a long planned visit to the World War Two Memorial.  It was closed.  The moose at the gate should’ve told them.

These are the guys that stormed the beaches of Normandy, Saipan and  Iwo Jima just to name a few. They’ve faced point blank machine gun fire and a little “Police Do Not Cross” tape wasn’t going to stop them.

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As Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, distracted a Park Police representative, other lawmakers and their staff helped topple the metal fences.

As Park Police informed them that the Memorial was closed as part of the government shut down, the vets ignored them and strolled  (and rolled) on in.

“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed.

More than $100,000 was raised to fund the trip that took months of planning.


Vets Bum Rush the Park Police.

Mississippi Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker were on hand and helped move barriers.  Other members of Congress including Barbara Bachmann were there to meet and greet the vets.

"What the fuck do you want me to do? Arrest them all?"

“What the fuck do you want me to do? Arrest them all?”

“This just means so much to me,” said Alex “Lou” Pitalo, an Army vet who also served in the Pacific during WWII. “I waited 70 years to get a welcome like this. And to get to see this and to have all those people clapping … I’m just so happy. This was amazing.”

After visiting, the vets left peacefully.  Officials are formulating plans to deal with future incidents like this should the government shut down continue.






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  • walt313 October 2, 2013, 10:14

    The Kansas Honor Flight hit the barricades today, 80 strong. They were let in too.

  • walt313 October 3, 2013, 12:46

    People paid to protest Memorial Vets (Read More).

  • walt313 October 5, 2013, 08:58

    On Wednesday, a new wave of veterans from Ohio and Missouri were forced to move the “Barrycades”. They found that the Parks Department had wired them together.

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and his fellow Texan Congressmen brought wire cutters.
    “This is Chicago thuggery. The president is trying to inflict the most amount of pain and suffering. This is not some bureaucratic mistake. This is Chicago thuggery. You try to make people hurt so they don’t resist what you tell them to do in the future.”- Rep. Louie Gohmert

  • Walt Chamberlain October 5, 2013, 09:04

    Battle enters third day. Reinforcements arrive.

  • Joy Miller October 5, 2013, 10:35
  • Walt October 5, 2013, 13:58

    So the Vietnam vets are in on it too?

  • walt313 October 6, 2013, 08:15

    Nevada Honor Flight heads to Washington on Monday. Will be interesting to see what Harry “Pinkey” Reid does in response. I don’t think he’ll bring wire cutters.

  • Joyce Miller October 7, 2013, 06:17

    So where are the people in Nevada going to protest next Sunday? Is the Veterans Cementary in Boulder City open?

  • walt313 October 7, 2013, 18:23

    Nevada Honor Flight plans to visit memorial on Saturday.

  • walt313 October 13, 2013, 15:43

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