They marched to Berlin. They marched to Tokyo. So the politics of a government shutdown wasn’t going to keep World War II veterans from marching to the national memorial built to honor them.
Groups of veterans from Mississippi and Iowa had arrived in Washington on Honor Flights only to find the memorial closed Tuesday.
Undeterred, they pushed past the National Park Service barricades, earning applause from nearby tourists. Park police prudently stood aside for the old warriors.
These vets are in their 80s and 90s, and some needed wheelchairs to get around the memorial they reopened. In their youth, they showed that Americans working together could save the world. Now, they’ve offered one more example of leadership. Hoorah.