The National Park Service has admitted that it was ordered by the White House to close the WWII memorial. The memorial is on public space that, but for the erection of barriers, is accessible by the public 24/7. The Park Service also forcefully closed down a park in Virginia that, although on federal land, uses no federal funds to operate.
The park withstood prior government shutdowns, noting in a news release that the farm will be closed to the public for the first time in 40 years.
“In previous budget dramas, the Farm has always been exempted since the NPS provides no staff or resources to operate the Farm,” Eberly [the park's director] explained in an emailed statement.
“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service … I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS,” Eberly said.