Before and After: Shutdown-related barricades at the Iwo Jima Memorial

A source sent the below picture (taken yesterday) to The Weekly Standard along with this note:

“I took the picture yesterday afternoon. Those barricades had been there at least a day. People can still walk into the Memorial area, but for many elderly and disabled vets, it is important they be driven and park right next to the statue,” the person who took this picture emails.
“There has been no coverage of Iwo Jima being closed and it is a routine stop for Honor Flight visitors.”
The source adds: “This picture is from North Marshall Drive (100 yards up the hill from the 110) facing the only road in and out of the Memorial for cars. There are parking spots for cars and buses right next the Memorial that can only be accessed via this road. Interestingly too, the view you see is also the last 200 yards of the Marine Corpse Marathon which is in three weeks. That would be 20,000 pissed off runners who have trained for months.”
The stop is a popular destination for veterans and tourists alike, and, in my observation, is usually completely unmanned and unguarded. But, for some reason, it’s closed to the public during this federal government shutdown.


Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas posted this picture from the Iwo Jima Memorial (a.k.a. U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial) earlier today:

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