National monuments around the country remain closed following Tuesday's partial shutdown of the federal government.
The National Park Service, which oversees such monuments as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and the
The government shutdown, which started after
Among the national monuments that are closed are the Washington Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. In Southern California, shuttered monuments include the Cabrillo National Monument near San Diego and the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Kern County.
The shutdown has disappointed countless tourists in Washington and New York who have been turned away from famous sites by signs and blockades. Some reports state that a group of World War II veterans from Mississippi and Iowa ignored and swept past barricades at the World War II Memorial in Washington to visit the site.
The partial shutdown of the federal government -- its first in 17 years -- stems from disagreement in Congress over the Affordable Health Care Act.