Unreal: Park Service threatens to arrest WWII vets who try to visit their memorial

Posted by: Phineas on October 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm

**Posted by Phineas

'You're not welcome."


So, you’ve heard the story today about the group of World War II veterans who had to break through barriers deliberately placed there by the Obama administration as part of its game-playing over the Democrat-forced government shutdown. It’s bad enough that they were deliberately inconveniencing 80-90 year old men who honorably served their country. I thought that was pretty low. And I was right, but I didn’t think they could sink any lower.

Well, they did. A group of veterans scheduled for an Honor Flight next week have been threatened with arrest if they try to visit the memorial that was erected in their honor:

Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio has a trip scheduled to depart from Toledo next Wednesday, October 9.

“We will make the call this Friday to determine if the flight is still a go, or if we will have to re-schedule,” Armstrong explains.

He says they are considering going ahead with the trip even if the government is still on shutdown, but when he called the parks service, he was told they would face arrest.

Armstrong says, “I said, are you kidding me? You’re going to arrest a 90/91-year-old veteran from seeing his memorial? If it wasn’t for them it wouldn’t be there. She said, ‘That’s correct sir.'”

When he asked for her name, he says she did not give it to him and then promptly hung up the phone.

Think about this for a moment: these men and their buddies crossed the Atlantic to fight their way from Morocco to Italy. They stormed the beaches of Normandy, liberated France, and and invaded Germany to grind the Nazis into the dirt. They crossed the Pacific and fought the Japanese island by bloody island and in some of the greatest naval battles of human history, and stood ready to invade Japan, itself. They, along with our British and Russian allies, saved the world. Let me repeat that.

They. Saved. The. World.

They did more good in those three years of war than Barack Obama, Harry Reid, or Nancy Pelosi will ever do — in their lives.

And now they’re threatened with arrest if they dare to roll their wheelchairs onto the grounds of their memorial?

Someone needs some sense slapped into them.

Moe Lane at Red State:

…the WWII Memorial does not have a permanent security presence, which means that there is actually no valid, ethical reason why the Obama administration could presume to shut it down for the public. Not that the administration actually needs one. So they proactively locked down a previously-open national monument, and then presumed to tell the men whose sacrifice it honored that those men were not welcome at that place.

Never forget this moment. This is how Barack Obama acts, when challenged or resisted. He acts ugly, and mean-spirited, and shabby.

In other words, once a punk, always a punk.

“Disgusted” doesn’t half-cover how I feel right now.

via Stephen Hayes

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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15 Responses to “Unreal: Park Service threatens to arrest WWII vets who try to visit their memorial”


  1. Medbob says:

    Veterans should only act in large groups, and should actively remove all barriers to sites that are owned by The People of the United States.
    The Government does not own these sites and we need to show them that we REFUSE to be pushed around and have our rights taken.

  2. ALman says:

    Maybe, they ought to have a 200,000 plus “honor guard” show up to escort them.

  3. OldmanRick says:

    Folks, the jackasses in spin city east had best walk softly. Many of those WWII vets are dims as are their children, and their children’s children. If these folks, as well as, a substantial number of vets from other dust ups become angered, lots of dims could find themselves selling flowers on street corners after the midterms if they are not very careful.

    It would be appreciated if everyone were kind enough to let their bottom feeding, parasitic, self serving representatives(term used lightly) and senators know that such behavior toward our veterans will not be tolerated.

  4. ALman says:

    Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) blasted House Democrats for killing a bill to “allow elderly, disabled WW2 vets to visit the WW2 Memorial.”

    “Democrats are on a rampage,” he wrote on Twitter, later adding that “President Stompy Feet told Democrats to kill veterans funding.”

    Rep. Stockman is being too kind. I’d just refer to him as “Stompy Foot.”

  5. ST says:


  6. Drew the Infidel says:

    It isn’t like they are going there to vandalize the place as happened with the green paint thrown on the Lincoln Memorial, which has no controlled access either.

    You thought the assorted acts of gangland behavior associated with Scandalabra were bad? This looks like icing on the cake.

    The mid-terms are only a year away and voters have memories which can be refreshed just in time.

  7. In his letter to the Christians at Ephesus Paul writes about “the dividing wall of hostility” (2:14). You are looking at it.

    My Dad (1916-2009) was a WWII US Navy veteran. I am only thankful he is not around to witness this.

  8. Fran Meiggs says:

    I’m not surprised, the only time Obama mentions the military veterans is when he is trying to get his own way. My husband is a veteran of 24 years and since retirement we have lost so many benefits that were promised and only looks to get worse. Veterans don’t expect a hand out, just what was promised.

  9. Joan Harbin says:

    I am guessing that, if they actually try to arrest the WWII veterans, there will be an uprising from the American Citizens the likes of which Pelosi & Reid could never imagine!! Good luck with that Demos!!!

  10. Carlos says:

    Wait a minute! Y’all are acting surprised!

    Why? Hasn’t the last five years taught you ANYTHING about how the pig in the WH does business? Along with his attack chihuahua, Reid, and his over-botoxed attack (dumb-as-a-)rock, Pelousy?

    C’mon, folks, pay attention. You know that, if he doesn’t get his way, no matter the issue, he will punish as many people as possible. That’s what any narcissistic, egomaniacal crybaby wannabee-king thug does.

  11. Tango says:

    ….just when you thought things in D.C. had gotten about as ugly and petty as they possibly could, we’re treated to this.

    All of the WWII vets in my family are now deceased. Perhaps that’s a good thing. I know one (in particular) who’d gladly confront any such threat of arrest.

    “Go ahead! Make my day!”

  12. John W says:

    During many of her speeches, it’s common for Sarah Palin to start off by thanking veterans for their service and asking them to stand and be recognized. Based on this, I think we can expect to hear from her on this latest outrage. And she will not sugarcoat her words. Mr. President, a trip to the woodshed is in your near future.

  13. Great White Rat says:

    I understand that Rand Paul made the point that the Obama regime posted seven guards to prevent the veterans from visiting their memorial – and that was more guards than they provided to the consulate in Benghazi on 9/11/2012.

    Then again, these are military veterans…which, according to Obama’s DHS, makes them all potential terrorists, unlike those jihadists.

  14. Lefty says:

    I think it’s possible for this government to spend more money on shutdown. WWII vets wasn’t to visit their memorial? Time to post some guards and arrest people. I would not be surprised if the border patrol is increased to keep people out of the Grand Canyon.

  15. Carlos I says:

    :)>-what is Obama and the democrats thinking? We are here because of them. We need to step up and show them that we will not tolerate it. How would Obama look if they did arrest our vets? Go for it Obama.