Our dysfunctional government's partial shutdown stemming from political differences between Republicans and Democrats has included attempts to close memorials to military veterans including the Vietnam "Wall" in Washington, DC. Barricading the war monuments and placing staff to try to force visitors out of open air war memorials has motivated elderly veterans to tear down and go around newly placed barricades as they defy the government's efforts to deny them their right to visit and show respect to fallen comrades. At The Wall, Vietnam veterans climbed over the barricades as shown in this video.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. (VVMF) raised nearly $9,000,000 entirely through private contributions from corporations, foundations, unions, veterans and civic organizations and more than 275,000 individual Americans. No Federal funds were needed.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- President John F. Kennedy