World War II Memorial Will Stay Open to Veterans

Ashley Southall

- The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Veterans will be able to visit the World War II Memorial while the government is shut down, Carol Johnson, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, said in a Twitter message on Wednesday.
 
Jeff Miller, the co-founder of the Honor Flight Network, which flies veterans to Washington to see the memorial built in their honor, welcomed the news.
 
Park Service workers, he told The Washington Post, “have been so compassionate; they have done everything they could.” He added that the agency “bent over backward” to serve the veterans.
 
It was not immediately clear whether the Park Service was also considering similar exceptions for the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials nearby.
 
The decision about the World War II Memorial ends two days of uncertainty. Park Service workers stood by on Tuesday as veterans and visitors bypassed barricades at the memorial with the help and encouragement of Republican House members.
 
The Park Service rejected an offer from the Republican National Committee on Wednesday to pay to keep the memorial open.