In a baffling move, seven National Park Service employees were reportedly seen “erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.” on Friday, the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack reports.
A few hours later, it was realized that the barricades surrounding the World War II memorial had been reinforced with wiring to tie the fences together. McCormack claims the wiring was not there when he visited the memorial on Tuesday.
Why the Obama administration is reinforcing the barrier around the open air memorial wasn’t immediately clear.
Day 4 of shutdown: Vets are going to need wire cutters to visit WWII memorial. pic.twitter.com/Cyrm7OnLAp
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) October 4, 2013
Thankfully, World War II vets with an Honor Flight group, along with Democratic and Republican members of Congress, were reportedly able to move the barricades and enter the memorial on Friday.
McCormack still poses a good question: “Who is ordering the National Park Service to go to such great lengths to shut down the open-air World War II memorial that is usually unguarded?”
National Park Service spokeswoman told the Weekly Standard that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “sends everything down to all other departments. We are part of the Interior. Interior gives us our instructions.”