Debate Rages Over Use of Pool at National War Memorial

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The Rainbow Pool at the National World War II Memorial may look inviting on a hot day, but those who choose to wade in the water are breaking National Park Service rules.

And some visitors say choosing to go for a dip in the pool is disrespectful to those being remembered there.

Jasmine Daniel, an intern with the National Mall and Memorial Parks, tells The Washington Post that it's a memorial, "not a pool.''

Others say there's nothing inappropriate about wading into the water. Eric Echevarria of Atlantic City says the pool is a place to "relax'' and "cool off'' after a long day.

Several signs along the edge of the pool tell visitors not to wade or throw coins into the water.

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