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Obama Orders War Memorials Closed During Government Shutdown

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OBM) ordered the closing of several DC open-air/war memorials including the Lincoln Memorial (pictured) and the WWII Memorial. OMB is part of the executive branch and reports directly to Barack Obama.

Some Park Service employees, who were scheduled to be furloughed during the government shutdown, were given special exceptions just to barricade and police the District’s more popular open-air memorials.

The Clinton administration did not close the open-air/war memorials during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns. In fact, Obama’s decision to barricade and police the Lincoln Memorial during the government shutdown is the first time visitors have been denied access to the memorial during a shutdown.

Open-air/war memorials are open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week regardless of whether or not park service employees are on-site.

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