The barrycades at the WWII Memorial and Lincoln Memorial have received most of the attention.

But on Friday a group of Vets decided to storm the barrycades erected by the Obama administration at the Vietnam Memorial, as reported by the local NBC News station (via The Patriot Perspective):

(Vets move barricade at Vietnam Memorial, oct. 4, 2013)

(Vets move barricade at Vietnam Memorial, oct. 4, 2013)

Like the hundreds of World War II veterans who came to National Mall to pay their respects this week, a group of Vietnam veterans found a barricade blocking the way to their memorial Friday. News4′s Mark Segraves said two U.S. Park Service Rangers manning the gate asked that the group respect the government’s shutdown but moved aside.

Segraves described the exchange as pleasant and respectful.

The veterans then moved the barricade and walked down to the wall to pay their respects. But a flood of tourists followed even though the memorial is closed to the general public.

“The consensus among the group of Vietnam veterans was we’re going to go anyway. We’ll go through the barricade,” North Carolina resident Reid Mendenhall said.

U.S. Park Police arrive to the scene, asked everyone to leave and put the barricade back into place.

Vietnam Memorial Vets and families

(Vietnam Memorial, after Vets removed barricades, Oct. 4, 2013)


Vietnam Memorial Barricaded

(Vets removed from Vietnam Memorial by U.S. Park Police, Oct. 4, 2013)


UPDATE: Video: Meet Vets who moved “water-filled barriers” to get to Iwo Jima Memorial