WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- This memorial has become the gathering point for anyone frustrated by the shutdown because this is the only memorial, monument, or museum that's even remotely open on the entire national mall.
As the sign and barricades indicates, legally it's still closed.But for the second day in a row, World War II veterans were allowed in to see their memorial.
A heroes welcome at Dulles Airport for ninety World War II veterans from Illinois. They're here for one day and for one reason, to see the memorial that was built in their honor. But that memorial has been closed by the National Park Service due to the shutdown.
Protesters and members of congress begged the Park Service to to let the veterans in.
"They've spent more time and effort and money putting the barricades up and keeping people out," saidLance Fry, a protester.
Yesterday, the Park Service wouldn't budge.
It was Republican members of congress who moved the barricades for hundreds of veterans who came here through the Honor Flight Program.But today, just minutes before the Chicago veterans arrived, the Park Service caved and opened the barricades themselves.
But even though the veterans were allowed in, everyone else was kept out including this couple who'd come all the way from England.
Damian and Kath Smith, tourists said,"It's just sort of disappointing because you just can't get in and you've come all this way, we've come thousands of miles, just to get in these memorials... I just can't believe that America, the power that you have, that your government is in this situation. It seems strange to me like it just wouldn't happen."
I think a lot of Americans thought this wouldn't happen, but here we are.Now there are several more Honor Flights scheduled to come here later this week.The Park Service says they will be allowed in.But the memorial - like everything else on the mall - is closed to the public until the shutdown is over.