The Greatest Generation’s Last Battle

The Greatest Generation literally waited generations to get their own, World War II Memorial built in Washington, D.C.  The Vietnam Veterans got permission to construct theirs, while the veterans of a war that cost more lives, more money, and ultimately freed the world from a number of tyrants, waited.

My father was one of those veterans.  Back in the Sixties, veterans’ groups were lobbying for the memorial.  The war had already been over for some 20 years.  They didn’t want the memorial for themselves, but for the estimated 400,000 who died in Europe and the Pacific.  Dad was angry.  But he waited in vain.  Dying in 1977, it would still take another 30 years for the memorial to finally be built.

World War II veterans with the Honor Flight program will be allowed to access the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., a spokeswoman for the National Parks Service told TheBlaze Wednesday.

Over 70 years later, the surviving veterans are not just old, but frail and elderly.  Some are in wheelchairs.  They came to Washington on a special “Honor Flight” to see the memorial before they died.  Thanks to Obama’s vicious retaliation in the fight over Obamacare, the debt ceiling, and immigration, he had the monument, along with other monuments in Washington and across the country not just barricaded, but guarded at taxpayers’ expense.

But according to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze:  “On Wednesday, another large wave of veterans defied the shutdown order and stormed the World War II memorial with the help of multiple members of Congress.

“’Welcome to your memorial,’” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said, greeting veterans at the front of the memorial’s only open entrance.”  She had helped remove the barricades at one of the entrances.

“’The NPS has granted veterans access to the World War II memorial as part of a First Amendment activity,’” NPS spokeswoman Carol Johnson said, noting the Honor Flights will be allowed to access the grounds each day going forward.”  The Honor Flight program pays for veterans to visit the nation’s capital and see the memorials.

“Johnson, however, was unsure if access to other war memorials, such as the Korean War Memorial, would be granted.  The Republican National Committee has also promised to pay to keep the World War II Memorial open.

“One World War II veteran said nothing was going to stop him from visiting the memorial.

“’No, I don’t think so,’” veteran James Platt said, adding he would do “’as much as physically able’” to see the memorial.

“Nonetheless, standing inside the memorial, Sen. Clarie McCaskill (D-Mo.) accused Republican members, who didn’t have groups of veterans from their states, of using them to score points.

“’I think there are some politicians here trying to score political points on the backs of veterans,’” McCaskill said. “’It’s beyond tacky.’”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) responded to the allegation, “Well in Texas, we used to say the guilty dog usually barks first.”

The Democrats, the masters of media spin, with a legion of media cheerleaders at their beck and call, accusing Republicans [Conservative Republicans] of trying to score political points?  Of being “tacky”?

 

Obama is paying security guards to make sure barricades at other national memorials and sites are not breached as the World War II Memorial was.  If he’s so opposed to the government shutdown, if Democrats think it’s “tacky” and if the Media is trying to convince Americans that what the

 

Obama is paying security guards to make sure barricades at other national memorials and sites are not breached as the World War II Memorial was.  If he’s so opposed to the government shutdown, if Democrats think it’s “tacky” and if the Media is trying to convince Americans that what the Republicans are “doing” is so terrible, why is Obama going out of his way to enforce the closures?

 

Parks and memorials are being closed that weren’t closed during the last shutdown.  Some never had security to begin with.  The Lincoln Memorial shutdown is the most notable of the closures.  Abe is supposed to be open to the public.

 

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi complained about Republican demands for more cutbacks.

 

“There just isn’t any more money to cut,” she pleaded to the interviewer, her crocodile eyes widening like a character in a Disney cartoon.   Yet Obama found enough money to forcibly close parks and memorials that had never even needed security before.

 

Still the World War II veterans overcame the obstacles, just as they had on D-Day in 1944, and at the Battle of the Bulge and the taking of Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and Guadalcanal.  After scaling 100 foot cliffs, under heavy German fire, surviving Pearl Harbor and German and Japanese POW camps, they shouldn’t have had to face barriers to their own memorial, placed by a tyrannical president every bit as arrogant as the dictators of World War II:  Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin (a reluctant ally at the time) and Hirohito.

 

But the Greatest Generation was victorious in defeating tyranny this one last time. Remember the Battle of the World War II Memorial and how our veterans defeated a tyrannical bureaucracy.  Once they are gone, we will never see their like again.

 

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