World War II veterans ignored barricades that were placed around the World War II Memorial on Tuesday.  They went ahead and toured the monument.

On Wednesday, the National Park Service said the veterans would be allowed access to the memorial.  But, according to NBC Washington's Mark Segraves, the memorial is still closed to the general public.

Federally run memorials, like the World War II memorial, were closed on Tuesday morning because of the government shutdown.

It was noted that people travel thousands of miles to see the memorials.  In 2011, it was estimated that around 670 World War II veterans die everyday.