National parks, memorials remain closed

National parks, monuments and memorials remain closed during the third day of the federal government shutdown, except for those park-goers deemed participating in "First Amendment activities" at the World War II Memorial.

Stars and Stripes reported Oct. 2 that the U.S. Park Police would allow visits to the memorial that are considered "First Amendment activities," thereby allowed no matter the government’s operating status. The announcement was made following the situation Tuesday when dozens of veterans participating in Honor Flights to the nation’s capital encountered barriers keeping the public from entering the memorial area. The veterans, with the assistance of members of Congress, made their way past the barriers and were able to visit the memorial.

In press reports, National Park Service spokeswoman Karen Cucurullo said that veterans will be allowed into the memorial under the Constitution’s First Amendment, which includes the right to free speech and assembly.

A message on the National Park Service website states, "Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to" After a few seconds, the page switches over to the Department of the Interior website.






  1. some of my fellow military friends still will not admit the truth, we all know those house (idiots,stupid,dumb, lying and worst than satan) Republicans are the cause of this Govt. shut down. That's what they (tea party members) came to Washington to do. As of now they accomplished their goal.So my fellow military friends please open your eyes and don't be mislead.Let's show a little more of your intelligent than what I've read in some of your replies.The Tea party members and some others hated that the President got a Affordable Health Care Bill thru Congress and no other President been able to do so. The bill is a Legacy and the Tea Party don't want this President to have a Legacy that will be with you and me to the end of time. I hope the President stand his ground on this issue. The bill is the Law, let's get over it and move on.
  2. This is not about the Affordable Health Cara Act. It's about school from pre-kindergarten to dumbing down of American freedom-lovers to the point that their progeny are relegated to little more than ad hominem remarks, as is the above slave.
  3. This is the result of the fascist non veteran Republican Party that did not live through barrages and fox holes with real Marines and Soldiers. I served in the USMC with Mexican Nationals, Canadians and a Scandinavian. Since they were not citizens can we just forget their service? The Party of Dick Cheney does not represent any true American.
  4. you didn't see any Democratic congressmen helping the vets break thru the barrier did you? this is all on the commander in chief who refuses to negotiate a settlement to this fiasco. his administration made the choices what got shut down and it seems like he opted to pick the services that would cause the most uproar.
  5. Memorials and Parks closed. But the National Mall is open for criminal invaders to protest. Disgusting.
  6. A commander in chief who never served does not understand Honor and Service just slap the most visible groups in the face for his arrogance
  7. The veterans memorials belong to the vets that died & the ones that remember those that fought along side them .To shut these down to cause pain to the people of this country is this how this leadership works
  8. Seems I remember that Pres. Jimmy Carter GAVE most all Parks and Historical Monuments to the control of the United Nations... How does the POTUS have the RIGHT to CLOSE ANYHTING?
  9. This is nothing more than a stupid pet trick by a bunch of bureaucrats in response to a directive by the Dummy in Chief.
  10. 1st Amendment activities my a$$. The vet's paid for this memorial and should be allowed to visit it. Google it. The vet's raised 197 million and the gov't contributed 16 mil. So, who does it belong to?
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.