EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLocal Man Witnessed Monuments Reopened By Crowd During Rally
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 16, 2013 5:44 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 17, 2013 12:26 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
The recent shutdown is disrupting a lot people's lives, from furloughs to the closings of national treasures.
One man in our region was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend and witnessed the monuments reopen after vets rallied and tore down barricades.
"It was a little nerve wrecking," Huntington native Brandon Frazier said. "You thought the situation was going to turn ugly. You'd think it turned into a mob situation, but it wasn't by any means. It was more people proving a point."
Frazier took photos with his phone, documenting vets tearing down barricades between them and the monuments made in honor of fallen soldiers.
"It seemed like the park police anticipated the barricades at World War II Memorial would be removed," he said. "Something they expected to happen."
Frazier said it was a historic day during a low moment in our country's history.
"People are fed up with poor leadership," Frazier said."I think most of America feels that way these days."
The National Park Service has kept the World War II Memorial and other open-air monuments closed during the shutdown, citing inability to staff the sites.
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