Government Shutdown Closes National Mall, Monuments

Gov't shutdown closes National Mall, its monuments and fountains

By Mila Mimica
|  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 12:10 PM EDT
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Barricades blocked the National Mall Tuesday as monuments across the city close to residents and tourists alike thanks to the government shutdown.

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Barricades blocked the National Mall Tuesday as monuments across the city close to residents and tourists alike thanks to the government shutdown.

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Barricades could start going up early Tuesday morning on the National Mall to keep people out of the monuments and memorials in the event of a government shutdown. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.
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Barricades lined the National Mall Tuesday as monuments across the city close to residents and tourists alike thanks to the government shutdown.

Carol Johnson with the National Park Service told News4 maintenance staff would begin shutting off fountains around the National Mall, as well as smaller fountains throughout the District during the early morning hours.

She said barricades would be set up around the World War II, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lincoln and FDR memorials.

Park Police will remain on duty, monitoring the monuments.

The shutdown will also affect hundreds of "Honor Flight" veterans from Mississippi scheduled to visit the World War II memorial.

"We have 3,000 permitted events on the Mall every year. While the government is shut down, all of those events have to be canceled, including [the Honor Flight]," Johnson said. "We have a wonderful time with the vets that come and visit. A superintendent comes out and greets them ... but that can't be tomorrow."

Johnson said Honor Flights are planned almost every day.

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