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Veterans Pass Barriers at Closed WWII Memorial

Updated: Wednesday, October 2 2013, 06:15 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress this morning.

Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. Members of Congress, including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, went to the site after receiving panicked emails and cut police tape to let in the veterans from Iowa and Mississippi.

Bachman said it was "pure joy" when the veterans were allowed in because they had traveled so far. She says members of Congress plan to continue coming down to the memorial to ensure veterans can visit.

Park spokeswoman Carol Johnson said the service didn't want to keep veterans out, but the agency was directed to close all memorials.

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Veterans Pass Barriers at Closed WWII Memorial

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