Why is the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., closed to the public? As anyone who has visited this site knows, it is an open-air facility that usually does not require any type of staffing. It is akin to closing off the entire Arch grounds and not just the Arch itself to visitors.
To close the WW II Memorial and other such monuments on the Mall makes absolutely no sense since it ultimately costs more money to post printed signs, set up barricades and pay security personnel to enforce the closures.
Supposedly, the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered the National Park Service to put in the barricades. If this is true, apparently someone is using this unnecessary inconvenience to the public only for political gain and not due to any monetary constraints imposed by the so-called shutdown.
Scott J. Oliva