Culver Votes in Favor of Asking Feds to Reopen Monuments Dedicated to Veterans
HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) joined her colleagues of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in unanimously passing House Resolution 503, which calls on the president of the United States to immediately reopen all national monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans.

The federal government has been shut down since Oct. 1. With that, the National Park Service, which is within the U.S. Department of the Interior, is charged with operating and maintaining the memorials. However, during the shutdown, the memorials have been closed and, in some cases, barricaded so that veterans cannot visit them.

“In most cases, the monuments and memorials that have been closed in our nation’s capital, across Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are open-air memorials that took effort to shut veterans out,” said Culver.

The initial intent of House Resolution 503 was to call on the president to reopen the National World War II Memorial, but Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware/Chester), who chairs the committee, amended the resolution to include all monuments and memorials dedicated to veterans.

“The bottom line is that our veterans should not be punished in this way as a result of the federal government shutdown,” said Culver. “Most veterans who fought in World War II are 80 years or older. I personally know veterans from our area who have traveled to Washington, D.C., with family members to visit the memorials. In the past 16 days, I hope that no U.S. veterans lost their chance to spend time at a memorial for what could be their last time.”

For more information on House Resolution 503, contact Culver’s district office located at 106 Arch St., in Sunbury, by calling 570-286-5885. Information on legislative news can also be found on and on

Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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