Outcry Prompts Re-Opening of World War II Memorial

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The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is set to reopen.

The memorial, like all monuments, had been closed due to the government shutdown. Consequently, many veterans from around the country who traveled to visit the site were shut out.

After public outrage, the National Park Service decided to reopen the site for "First Amendment activities."

Last week, a legal team from the American Center for Law and Justice was turned away by park police when they attempted to enter the WWII Memorial. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow was actually escorted from the site.

The team also witnessed other individuals, including war veterans, being turned away.

Sekulow applauded the decision to reopen the memorial, calling it a victory for the Constitution and common sense. Many argue that it cost the government more money to close the site than to keep it open.

"The WWII Memorial - they spent money to rent barricades, to put barricades up to prevent WWII vets from being able to go in there," David Christensen, with the Family Research Council, said.

"This is an open-air market, it's not indoors," he said.

In less than a week, the ACLJ said it heard from more than 65,000 Americans demanding that the WWII Memorial be reopened.

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