SHUTDOWN EFFECT: D-Day Cemetery Closed
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Just how far does the U.S. government shutdown stretch? All the way to the beaches of Normandy, apparently.
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France, run by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), closed to tourists when Congress failed to pass a short-term funding bill Monday. The cemetery is close to the beaches where American and other Allied forces landed on D-Day — June 6, 1944 — to begin the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
The ABMC runs 24 cemeteries, including Normandy, and 26 monuments around the world, from Florence, Italy, to Tunisia, the Netherlands, Panama and the Philippines. There are nearly 125,000 Americans who died in World War I, World War II and the Mexican War buried in these cemeteries.
The locations will remained closed until “a new funding measure is passed,” the ABMC said on its website.
The shutdown has shuttered monuments and destinations on American soil, as well. The National Park Service closed all of its parks, including national memorials, as a result of the federal government shutdown that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday. This means that the Statue of Liberty in New York and the World War II Memorial in Washington are among the facilities officially off limits to tourists — although veterans’ groups have broken through barricades at the World War II Memorial.