Flight 93 Memorial closed due to shutdown; visitors angry

Visitors hoping to honor the victims of United Flight 93 have found that yet another open-air memorial has been closed due to the government shutdown.

Passengers and crew died after the plane was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa. The memorial was established by a 2002 bill introduced by U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., putting it under the purview of the National Park Service, according to Wikipedia.

The federal government blocked the access road four miles away from the memorial on Oct. 1. Visitors crossing the closed gates to make the trek to the memorial have been stopped by park police, according to CNSNews.com, which photographed the road closure last weekend. CNS reported:

The steel barrier blocking vehicles from passing says: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”

Visitors were angry that access was denied.

“I don’t think it’s right,” Florida resident Barry Haslup told Pittsburgh TV station WPXI.  “I don’t think we should be suffering for what our government has done.”

Haslup attempted to go around the closed gate while the news reporter was there, but a park ranger asked him to leave.

Watch the report from earlier this month via WPXI:

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