World War II Veterans Storming the WWII Memorial Is Your Shutdown Story of the Day SHARE: Tweet UPDATE: WWII veterans storming the memorial make for a great story, but the real victims of the shutdown are these kids with cancer. The shutdown has closed all federally funded parks and memorials. But a group of World War II veterans who came all the way from Mississippi wouldn’t take no for an answer. WWII vets stormed the beaches of Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge — somehow we don’t think a little barricade and sign would be a big obstacle. Stars and Stripes‘ Leo Shane’s Twitter feed has all the action: Honor flight vets just knocked over the barriers at the WWII memorial to get inside, #shutdown or no. pic.twitter.com/T4bx8kvFYj — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 Tons of applause as the WWII vets from Miss. storm their memorial. Park police on the way. #shutdown pic.twitter.com/31UGU7MRry — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 SEE ALSO: • John Boehner Came In Like a Wrecking Ball • Jon Stewart’s Rockin’ Shutdown Eve Slams Republicans No sign of folks leaving. The vets have control of the memorial. #shutdown pic.twitter.com/eGj4kmFEiP — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 Follow @SladeHV on Twitter for more. The scene at the WWII memorial right now. #shutdown https://t.co/2ragZgVXLi — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 This is where the Mississippi WWII vets wanted to get — their tower. #shutdown pic.twitter.com/VeKMGHURKr — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 Credit where due — I watched Rep Steve King distract a park police officer while vets and staffers knocked down the fences here. #shutdown — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 Iowa vets (yellow shirts) now coming into WWII memorial with congressional security guard. #shutdown pic.twitter.com/Bd5kk7oP7z — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 So, the WWII memorial is open today… Park police letting everyone by right now. #shutdown — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 Official word from Park Police on the WWII memorial: "We're seeking guidance on how to respond." No effort to block any vets. #shutdown — Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013 These last two pics come from Ricky Carioti’s Instagram: via @Cariotir via @Cariotir Follow @SladeHV on Twitter for more. Rep. Steve King (R-Crazytown) arrived and stood tall with the very people his party locked out in the first place: Proud of Story Co, IA #WWII veterans at the Memorial. They were locked out. We opened it 4 God Bless them. pic.twitter.com/rdIUwx5Uqh — Steve King (@SteveKingIA) October 1, 2013 UPDATE from ABC’s JACK DATE: “The memorial will be re-closed this afternoon and remain closed until funding is restored. National Mall and Memorial Parks Communications Officer Carol Johnson tells ABC News the memorial will be shut down and cleared by Park Police. Honor Flights scheduled for the month of October have been notified that the memorial will be closed until the Federal Government re-opens. A group of 100 veterans were expected to arrive from Chicago tomorrow.” MOST RECENT BY Slade Sohmer:Bad Words: Manchild Jason Bateman Forces His Way Into a Kids' Spelling BeeMountain Goats Escape an Avalanche by the Hairs on Their Chinny Chin ChinsU.S. President Shakes Hands With Commie Dictator (Not a Repeat From 1972) Slade Sohmer Slade Sohmer is editor-in-chief of HyperVocal and co-host of SiriusXM's daily "Politics Powered By Twitter" program. Tweet him at @SladeHV.