Barack Obama fully politicized the government shutdown of 2013. He announced he would pay felons their salary but Social Security recipients and payments to vets would be discontinued. Memorials were shut down. Even the cut offs in the roads for viewing of the natural environment were blocked off though they required no money to leave open.
Every year, charitable organizations bring our aged and dying veterans to the memorials that were built in their honor. Some have never been able to see these memorials and would never have another opportunity.
Barack Obama chose to close off the memorials though they were open air. The WWII and Iwo Jima Memorials were two notably and unnecessarily closed.
As a bus of aged veterans from the wars rolled up to view the remarkable Iwo Jima statue, I watched the police, under orders, move the stanchions around the memorial to a greater distance from it so the veterans whose eyesight had faded would have a more difficult time seeing it.
The veterans could only look from a distance.
We were losing 1100 veterans a day from WWII and the Korean War at the time.
On October 13, 2013, the Million Veteran March was organized by the grassroots military men and women. The media tried to characterize it as a Tea Party event because there had been a conservative conference in DC the night before but the vets did not want the politicians there. Senators Cruz and Lee and former Governor Palin did come and offer support because they attended the conference the day before, but this was a strictly military operation and some were Democrats or Libertarians, not particularly happy at seeing any politician.
The attendees, about 5,000, not a million, announced they would take down those gates and they did exactly that. They weren’t sure what they would do next but the answer came quickly and they marched them to the White House, piling them up at the base of the White House fence.
We were greeted by officers, mostly pleasant, dressed in full riot gear, some were on tall horses. A number of armed military vehicles drove through the streets but the only ones armed were the police.
The aging veterans who might never again see the memorials built in their honor and in honor of those with whom they served were able to finally see the small thank you our country erected for their great service to the cause higher than themselves – the cause of liberty and the right of every person to pursue life, liberty and happiness. The right of all people to live without tyranny.
The veterans were very grateful and the smiles on their faces were something I will never forget.
This is the United States I am so proud of.
Watch them tear down the Barry-cades:
The veterans were very grateful and I will always remember that.
These are some of the inscriptions at the memorial:
“Americans came to liberate, not to conquer, to restore freedom and to end tyranny.”
“Those twentieth century Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.”
“Even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit — a magic blend of skill, faith and valor — that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.”
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
The price of freedom is very high. Be proud to be an American because we have been willing to pay that price.