The National Park Service announced Wednesday it was allowing honor flight veterans access to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., after closing the site as mandated by law due to a federal government shutdown:
The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII Memorial to conduct 1st Amendment actives in accordance with NPS regulations
— Carol B Johnson (@NationalMallPIO) October 2, 2013
Republicans are in an uproar after park service rangers turned away veterans from the memorial on Tuesday, which is an open-air site.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement Wednesday faulting the Obama administration for the closure of the memorial.
“President Obama is so fixated on forcing Obamacare on the American people that he’s even willing to deny World War II veterans the right to access the memorial they have earned through their heroic service,” he said.