Tourists Find Washington Monuments Closed
“Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks Are CLOSED,” read signs outside memorials
WASHINGTON — The National Mall was relatively quiet Tuesday morning as groups of tourists encountered signs declaring the monuments closed. “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks Are CLOSED,” read signs outside the Lincoln Memorial. Some people stood in front of the gates erected to keep people out, posing for photographs as best they could.
Margaret Green, 69, paused to take a photo of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which remained open. Sightseeing in Washington for just one day with her tour group — her first trip to the capital — the resident of Darwen, England, seemed bemused, explaining that the British government did not close over spending disagreements.
She said the group was trying to make the best of the situation by shuffling the itinerary, adding Arlington National Cemetery to the destinations and hoping they would not be barred from seeing other national parks as their three-week tour of the United States continued.
“As a tourist, we would love to see everything and not think we missed things, but we won’t hold it against America,” she said before her group moved on.