Man Ordered to Stop Mowing Lincoln Memorial Lawn

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One private citizen has defied the government shutdown of the National Mall, giving his time and energy to clean up the area since Park Service employees have been blocked from doing it.

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the many sites barricaded off by the Obama administration during the Capitol Hill standoff.

But South Carolina resident Chris Cox has taken it upon himself to make sure the lawn around that memorial is maintained.

"The building behind me serves as a memorial compass not only for the country but for the world, and over my dead body are we going to let this deteriorate," Cox said.

Before the U.S. Park Police could stop him, he spent the day mowing the lawn, clearing debris and emptying trash cans.

"We got men coming here to see these memorials in wheelchairs carrying respirators. They had hand-to-hand combat with the Nazis. Come on man, this is a no-brainer to keep this area clean for them," he said.

Cox said he doesn't have a political position on the shutdown, he just feels that we're called to be good stewards of the memorials.

"Does the government think we're going to stop taking out the trash at our memorials if they shut it down? Do they think we're not going to cut the grass? Do they think we're going to stop showing up at our parks and our memorials? No, we're not -- we're going to show up more," he said.

The Park Police did chase Cox away eventually, so part of the lawn never got mowed.

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