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US shutdown closes iconic D-Day cemeteries in France
France 24 International News 24/7 ^ | 10/2/2013 | FRANCE24

Posted on 10/02/2013 1:56:49 PM PDT by Rodamala

Iconic military cemeteries around the world where thousands of American soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars lay to rest were temporarily closed from Tuesday due to the US government shutdown.

A sign outside the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, west of Paris, informed visitors of its closure. “Due to the United States government shutdown, this site is closed to the public”

But Suresnes isn’t the only one. The move affects some 20 cemeteries in France, Belgium, Britain, Italy, Tunisia and Mexico which serve as the final resting place for troops who died in landmark campaigns such as the Normandy D-Day landings, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) said on its website.


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Normal operations will resume "when a new funding measure is passed by the US Congress and signed by the president of the United States," the ABMC said.

Christopher Palmer, a spokesman for the US embassy in Paris, confirmed the move but said the mission and consulates in the country will remain open.

A restaurant owner near the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches of the Normandy invasion, expressed fears that her business would be hit.

The site, which houses the remains of more than 9,300 US troops, attracts more than one million visitors a year.

"Today there were people," she said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "I had 80 to 90 people. Everybody was only talking about this, they didn't know. Even the guides brought tourists.

"But if tomorrow, the cemetery is still closed it could have serious repercussions on our business."

At the American cemetery at Bony, containing the graves of 1,844 soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme during World War I and other operations, employees did not turn up for work, a worker said.

"But they will be paid because we are under French law," the worker said, joking that these were just "extra holidays".

The US government was forced to shut down on Tuesday, after the houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. National parks, monuments, and some administrative offices were immediately closed, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers temporarily without a job.

It was the first shutdown in 17 years.

1 posted on 10/02/2013 1:56:49 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Friggin’ unbelievable


2 posted on 10/02/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Rodamala

Our current government doesn’t care about that.
But I’ll bet the billions are still flowing to their true friends, the jihadis.


3 posted on 10/02/2013 1:58:48 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Rodamala

Please do not continue articles in post #1. It forces us to check for copyright violations.


4 posted on 10/02/2013 1:58:49 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Rodamala

Why does a cemetery need to be locked and closed by anyone? It’s a cemetery, not Club Med.


5 posted on 10/02/2013 1:59:35 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Rodamala

This is a good exercise. Whatever people complain about missing in the first 30 days of a government shutdown, we can consider adding back into the funding. Everything that no one misses can be shut down permanently. Which should be 95% of it.


6 posted on 10/02/2013 2:01:28 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Sacajaweau

The muslims and communists in France have tried that for many years.


7 posted on 10/02/2013 2:01:54 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Rodamala

Totally unbelievable!
Off topic: shouldn’t the French language sign finish with “publique”?


8 posted on 10/02/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: JediJones

French veterans and families should take over guarding the cemeteries until they can be opened, or should open them themselves.


9 posted on 10/02/2013 2:03:53 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Sacajaweau

From what I’ve read these cemeteries are maintained beautifully and respectfully.....by the French!

So we get off closing down property in THEIR country
WHY exactly??


10 posted on 10/02/2013 2:05:55 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Rodamala

One thing is certain, Obama is making history.

“.....fundamentally transforming the United States of America”


11 posted on 10/02/2013 2:06:34 PM PDT by Gator113 (The mighty Bear ate the cowardly rat. Obama must resign.)
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To: Rodamala

Who makes these signs?


12 posted on 10/02/2013 2:07:01 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Rodamala

ITS A FRIGGIN CEMETERY. THEY ARE NEVER CLOSED. I LIVE NEAR A NATIONAL CEMETERY WHERE MY FATHER IS BURIED. I VISIT REGULARLY. I NEVER SEE ANY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE. ITs OPEN, NO GATE, NO DOORS ETC. HOW THE HELL DO YOU CLOSE A CEMETERY????
Forgive the caps. It was that or a lot of cussing and swearing because this stupidity really PISSES ME OFF..........


13 posted on 10/02/2013 2:07:58 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Rodamala

Obama did not close Arlington National Cemetery, are these cemeteries in France any less sacred? Storm the gates!


14 posted on 10/02/2013 2:08:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupy the DC Mall - take back the monuments)
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To: Sacajaweau

I was wondering if anyone can help me with this. I am currently in a (friendly) email debate with a co-worker on this topic. He insists it because of the maintenance, etc. I replied I do not recall that the monuments were literally BARRICADED during ANY of the previous “shut downs.” Even under the Clintonistas. Am I wrong on this?


15 posted on 10/02/2013 2:08:19 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

“French veterans and families should take over guarding the cemeteries until they can be opened, or should open them themselves.”

STORM LE’ BARRYCADES!!
(thank Sarah Palin for that line...)


16 posted on 10/02/2013 2:08:39 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Sarah needs to thank someone on Twitter.


17 posted on 10/02/2013 2:09:33 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Rodamala
Once a rube, always a rube.


18 posted on 10/02/2013 2:10:20 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: Rodamala

Signed by Reid and Obama.


19 posted on 10/02/2013 2:13:03 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Rodamala

This is nothing short of locking American servicemen away from people wanting to pay their respects!


20 posted on 10/02/2013 2:14:14 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Rodamala

Blame the Barricade president.


21 posted on 10/02/2013 2:14:32 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“”From what I’ve read these cemeteries are maintained beautifully and respectfully.....by the French!
So we get off closing down property in THEIR country
WHY exactly??””

I don’t understand that either. We certainly don’t dispatch our military to those places to guard/man cemeteries. WHO is on the premises? Embassy staff?

I’m with you - I want to know the answer to WHY...


22 posted on 10/02/2013 2:15:30 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The guy was installed. He’s been vested with the authority of Office yet the constraint of Law doesn’t apply to him, he issues edicts and ignores Law he dislikes. He’s not a President, he’s an emperor.


23 posted on 10/02/2013 2:15:42 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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Americans don’t obey emperors.


24 posted on 10/02/2013 2:17:20 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Sacajaweau

A cemetery... My head hurts.


25 posted on 10/02/2013 2:24:32 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Rodamala

They just Raised Raised Taxes in France, Let Hollandaise Sauce pay for it! We bailed his people out in WWII, if we hadn’t they would be speaking german...

Either that or exhume all the falled US patriots and re-bury them in arlington.


26 posted on 10/02/2013 2:24:37 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: cld51860

The monuments in Washington are normally accessible 24/7. The so-called “closings” are absurd.


27 posted on 10/02/2013 2:25:55 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: cld51860

I don’t recall barricades in past shut downs. But this time all campers in National Forests and Parks are being told to leave the campgrounds and they are being barricaded.


28 posted on 10/02/2013 2:26:08 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Rodamala

Obama has always hated any call on him to show respect for our troops who have died for our country. That has been evident in many different ways. Remember when he neglected to go to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, because he was too busy campaigning and golfing. Nor has he done anything but ignore the constant stream of troops who have been killed in Afghanistan since he took office, largely because of the onerous Rules of Engagement he has imposed on them. And he seems to take pleasure in insulting their families.


29 posted on 10/02/2013 2:26:55 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Inyo-Mono

National Park accommodations are run by Xanterra, Inc.


30 posted on 10/02/2013 2:29:43 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Rodamala

Well, if there’s federal money going into the cemetery, then shut it down.

If you make an exception for a cemetery, very soon you could have the entire federal government running without a budget.


31 posted on 10/02/2013 2:31:14 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: Thank You Rush

No worries. We don’t dispatch military to guard ambassadors either. Just jump the barricades. That’s what Muslim terrorists do.


32 posted on 10/02/2013 2:31:21 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Cicero

People should have got a clue when Obama refused the Pledge of Allegiance and didn’t want “that” on his lapel - a flag lapel pin.


33 posted on 10/02/2013 2:32:09 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Rodamala

You’d hate to have people just going there and, you know, walking around.

No government, no graves. That’s final and we will not negotiate!


34 posted on 10/02/2013 2:35:37 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Thank You Rush

I think they are maintained by an American commission. At least no one is being singled out. lol There are closures in our military graveyards all over Europe.


35 posted on 10/02/2013 2:38:26 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: Ray76; Cicero; Old Sarge

36 posted on 10/02/2013 2:41:56 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Rodamala

this is unnecessary. IT’S SPITEFUL!


37 posted on 10/02/2013 2:42:45 PM PDT by uncitizen (Obamacare IS TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION)
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To: erlayman

It is. I was back there in April, and I have forgotten the name of the department, but it is maintained by the United States.


38 posted on 10/02/2013 2:42:59 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: erlayman

A Commission. Under the Executive branch.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/no.php


39 posted on 10/02/2013 2:47:11 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: LucyT

That picture says it all.


40 posted on 10/02/2013 2:48:49 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Rodamala

Just how many US government employees are “running” these cemeteries? I would bet the care for these cemeteries has been jobbed out to French companies. This was planned by the White House. Don’t think that any of Michelle Obama’s staff have been sent home or the White House chef will be making hot dogs and Ramen soup.


41 posted on 10/02/2013 2:51:46 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Rodamala

And here we thought “Normandy was closed too!” was just a witty rejoinder.


42 posted on 10/02/2013 2:56:59 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: Rodamala

We’re spending taxpayer dollars maintaining U.S. park facilities in France?


43 posted on 10/02/2013 3:08:52 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Sacajaweau

Our local cemeteries are open 24/7, and there are no people working there. Why would you CLOSE a cemetery?


44 posted on 10/02/2013 3:10:07 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Rodamala

The little poofter is trying to punish the dead.


45 posted on 10/02/2013 3:12:10 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: JediJones

Well remember a cemetery is a club med for them. That is how they get a lot of their voters =)


46 posted on 10/02/2013 3:18:42 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Rodamala

You are kidding me — we pay those cheese eaters to maintain the cemeteries of US military who gave their lives for their freedom.!!!


47 posted on 10/02/2013 3:19:56 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SECURE AMERICA

DOUBLE DOG DITTOS!!!
Well said!!


48 posted on 10/02/2013 3:25:05 PM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: cld51860
Am I wrong on this?

No, you aren't.

And on top of that, the WWII Memorial on the National Mall was constructed completely with private funds, and continued operation is funded by a trust fund created expressly for that purpose.

This is all political theater, designed to inflict pain. It's the equivalent of taking your ball and going home because your friends won't play by your rules.

49 posted on 10/02/2013 3:25:15 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Technically the cemeteries are US soil by treaty. Not sure who maintains them. Would be nice to see the French reopen them and provide any necessary security.


50 posted on 10/02/2013 3:38:05 PM PDT by matt04
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