Skip to comments.US shutdown closes iconic D-Day cemeteries in France
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 isnt 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.
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.
Our current government doesn’t care about that.
But I’ll bet the billions are still flowing to their true friends, the jihadis.
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Why does a cemetery need to be locked and closed by anyone? It’s a cemetery, not Club Med.
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.
The muslims and communists in France have tried that for many years.
Off topic: shouldn’t the French language sign finish with “publique”?
French veterans and families should take over guarding the cemeteries until they can be opened, or should open them themselves.
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
One thing is certain, Obama is making history.
“.....fundamentally transforming the United States of America
Who makes these signs?
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..........
Obama did not close Arlington National Cemetery, are these cemeteries in France any less sacred? Storm the gates!
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?
“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...)
Sarah needs to thank someone on Twitter.
Signed by Reid and Obama.
This is nothing short of locking American servicemen away from people wanting to pay their respects!
Blame the Barricade president.
“”From what Ive read these cemeteries are maintained beautifully and respectfully.....by the French!
So we get off closing down property in THEIR country
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...
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.
Americans don’t obey emperors.
A cemetery... My head hurts.
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.
The monuments in Washington are normally accessible 24/7. The so-called “closings” are absurd.
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.
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.
National Park accommodations are run by Xanterra, Inc.
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.
No worries. We don’t dispatch military to guard ambassadors either. Just jump the barricades. That’s what Muslim terrorists do.
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.
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!
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.
this is unnecessary. IT’S SPITEFUL!
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.
A Commission. Under the Executive branch.
That picture says it all.
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.
And here we thought “Normandy was closed too!” was just a witty rejoinder.
We’re spending taxpayer dollars maintaining U.S. park facilities in France?
Our local cemeteries are open 24/7, and there are no people working there. Why would you CLOSE a cemetery?
The little poofter is trying to punish the dead.
Well remember a cemetery is a club med for them. That is how they get a lot of their voters =)
You are kidding me — we pay those cheese eaters to maintain the cemeteries of US military who gave their lives for their freedom.!!!
DOUBLE DOG DITTOS!!!
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.
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.