World War II Veterans Storm 'Closed' WW II Memorial, GOP Uses Vets for Mailing List

| by Michael Allen

A group of World War II veterans knocked over barriers at the closed WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. to gain access.

The memorial was closed because of the federal government shutdown, which shuttered all national parks.

According to the Stars and Stripes, four bus loads of WW II veterans traveled from Mississippi to see the memorial.

Using canes, walkers and wheelchairs, they ignored the National Park Police and "stormed" the memorial, which drew applause from tourists and lawmakers.

Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane tweeted that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) assisted the vets:

Credit where due -- I watched Rep Steve King distract a park police officer while vets and staffers knocked down the fences here.

Later, as the veterans walked around the memorial, the National Park Police stood to the side.

The veterans' actions have been co-opted by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is using the vets to attack Democrats and add email addresses via their website.

Sources: Twitter, NRCC.org, Stars and Stripes