The National Park Service closed the Vietnam Memorial yesterday as a result of the federal government shutdown, but World War II veterans bypassed the barricades this afternoon. Betsy Woodruff of National Review is there and is tweeting photos.

Worth noting: During the last government shutdown, the Vietnam Memorial was open:


‘Unreal’: Check out the shutdown barricade and sign at the 2nd Infantry Division Memorial in DC [pics]

‘Pure awesome’: The winning signs that protested closure of World War II Memorial [pics]

Barry-cades confirmed: Park Service says Obama admin ordered closure of World War II Memorial

Repulsive: Cockroach Harry Reid plays politics, blames GOP for WWII memorial shutdown

You’ll love the ‘trophy’ World War II vets took home from the government shutdown blockade [pic]

Honor Flight to bring more World War II vets to DC Memorial despite government shutdown

World War II veterans knock down police barriers to attend memorial on the National Mall; Update: Did a congressman lead the vets through the barricade?; Update: Congressman says Obama administration knew about veterans’ request and rejected it

Report: Nancy Pelosi urges ‘no’ vote on funding for veterans’ benefits