Normandy American Cemetery, Other Sites Closed in Shutdown

by Andrew Johnson

The World War II Memorial isn’t the only site honoring veterans of the war that is closed because of the shutdown.

The New York Post reports that the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach honoring the 9,387 who died in the D-Day invasion is one of 24 military cemeteries worldwide that has been closed since the government shutdown went into effect; the American Battle Monuments Commission maintains the cemeteries. The sites, which range from Mexico to Tunisia to the Philippines, are expected to stay closed throughout the shutdown.

Stateside, the National Park Service has closed down a park that it contributes no financial resources to. Claude Moore Colonial Farm in Virginia is located on federal land, but the NPS cut the farm from its budget in 1980. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the NPS sent law enforcement to the park on Tuesday to remove staff and volunteers from the property.

“In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm,” the farm’s managing director said in an e-mail. “In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service . . . I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS.”


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