“WE’VE BEEN TOLD TO MAKE LIFE AS DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE AS WE CAN”: POLICE REMOVE VIETNAM WAR VETERANS AT MEMORIAL WALL
“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
As reported by Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times.
The World War II vets, now the Vietnam vets — is he baiting the military? Is he baiting patriots? Does he want a civil war?
“NBC: Police Remove Vietnam War Veterans at Memorial Wall” By John McCormack, Weekly Standard, OCT 5, 2013
Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.
After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,” NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a black granite outdoor wall on which the names of the 58,272 service members who died or were unaccounted for during the Vietnam war are inscribed.
It takes more manpower and costs the government more money to close down an outdoor wall than to let people walk past it and pay their respects.
The Obama administration has been very selective in devoting resources to shutting down memorials.