Veterans storm the gates of closed WWII Memorial

BY newsdesk  October 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

Hundreds, including veterans, arrived at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. Video by Associated Press

The Washington Post reported earlier Tuesday that despite the closure of the World War II Memorial, a group of elderly veterans — some in wheelchairs and using canes — stormed the barricades and entered anyway.

An unidentified U.S. Park Police officer told the Post “I’m not going to enforce the ‘no stopping or standing’ sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans. I’m a veteran myself.”

More images from today’s visit:

Vine by Leo Shane, Capitol Hill, White House and Veterans Affairs reporter for Stars and Stripes.