It took place despite the National Park Service closing and barricading the outside monument as part of the federal government shutdown.
The veterans were Ken Beelen of Holland, who served from 1943-45 as a part of a U.S. Army amphibious unit in the Pacific Theatre; Blanch Mason of Whitehall, who served from 1943-46 in the U.S. Coast Guard; and Tony Bouman of Holland, who served from 1944 until after the war in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"It was both an honor and a privilege to help World War II veterans from West Michigan gain entry to the memorial built to commemorate their courage and sacrifice," Huizenga said. "'Open-air' monuments were not closed down during the last government shutdown, which is why it is extremely concerning that the National Park Service has acted in a seemingly political manner to close these national treasures. I am hopeful Director Jarvis will exhibit some common sense and remove the rented barricades so veterans, their families and the American people can enjoy these 'open-air' monuments unobstructed."
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