With the government shutdown because of Congress' failure to pass a budget, many federal parks and monuments are closed. However, this closure was also applied to federal areas that are always open air and walkable. No buildings to go into, no staff on site. Yesterday problems arose at the WWII memorial when veterans of that war arrived on Honor Flights to visit. Someone had given the order to put up gates and temporary fences surrounding that open air place in order to keep people out. This is one of those places that are walked around similar to the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Mall.
So..a number of elderly WWII vets helped eventually by some members of Congress including Mo senator Claire McCaskill and other people pulled down those temporary barriers and went in. Today there is a sign at this site:
How about that? The first amendment says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
This memorial is all outside, walkable from sidewalks and streets. This would be like saying the Arch is closed, no one will be able to go up in it, but you also cannot walk along the arch grounds and the river.
Here's my mom at the the WWII memorial in 2006.