Veterans Memorial March - 13 Oct 2013
I decided to make a trip to pay my respects with visiting the WWII War Memorial and their Veterans on this dreary, rainy, overcast of a day. I started out my trip with a visit first to the Jefferson Memorial and much to my surprise, I come across a bunch of barricades along the steps, that were present also at the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, MLK Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, as you can see by some of the photos. I typically try to steer clear with posting comments regarding politically charged issues for the most part. Seeing all of the barricades first hand, especially with the War Memorials, just really pushed me over the edge, considering I'm retired military. Regardless of your current political point of view or party affiliation, to witness these buildings and more so War Memorials, closed to the public is about one thing and one thing only and that is "Power, Control and Itimidation"! To have to view a sign standing behind the barricade which reads "Due to the Federal Government shutdown, this National Park Service area is closed, except for 1st Amendment activities". The last time I checked, I grew up with the understanding we were suppose to be a nation of laws, guided by a "Constitution" that is tempered with a "Bill of Rights". I wasn't aware that the Government at large took it upon themselves without "due process" to decide when and where our "1st Amendment" rights would be honored, let alone recognized, this it too much. To be told by the various branches of our government that this can't be helped is flat out "BS"! I hope this is the one and only time this ever takes place in my lifetime, just my two cents. Enjoy!
Jefferson Memorial - AK4A1040
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