WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The National Park Service says veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access, despite the government shutdown.
Spokeswoman Carol Johnson says the Honor Flight Network is being granted access to conduct First Amendment activities at the memorial. She says the agency is following regulations for National Mall.
Johnson says memorials and monuments remain closed on the National Mall, though, because there is no staff or funding to ensure the memorials' security, the safety of visitors or the maintenance of the parks.
Johnson says the National Mall and other national parks had to close because they depend on congressional appropriations to remain open.
A group of veterans was initially kept out of the memorial Tuesday, but members of Congress intervened.
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