Barrar Amendment Demands Veteran Monuments Dedicated to Veterans be Reopened
HARRISBURG – Hours before the U.S. Congress voted to end the government shutdown, Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware/Chester) amended a House resolution to ask the president of the United States to immediately reopen all national monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans. The legislation, House Resolution 503, passed the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, which Barrar chairs.

The federal government has been shut down since Oct. 1. With that, the National Park Service, which is within the U.S. Department of the Interior, is charged with operating and maintaining the memorials. However, during the shutdown, the memorials have been closed and in some cases barricaded so that veterans cannot visit them. It reopened Oct. 17.

“Unfortunately, even the monuments and memorials that are open air, have been closed across the country in an effort to keep veterans out of,” Barrar said.

The initial intent of House Resolution 503 was to call on the president to reopen the National World War II Memorial, but Barrar amended the resolution to include all monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans.

“These monuments should not be closed to our veterans under any circumstances,” Barrar said. “I’m disheartened by the closure and find it so offensive.

Representative Steve Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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