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Congressman Says Memorial That Opened In 2004 Wasn't Closed In 1995 Shutdown

It definitely was not closed because of the shutdown, but it wasn't open either.

Posted on October 25, 2013, at 3:18 p.m. ET

In an interview with the Michael Opitz Show Thursday, Republican Georgia Congressman and Senate candidate Paul Broun claimed the World War Two Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial were never closed during a government shutdown.

"There was absolutely no reason, whatsoever, for this administration to block access to the World War Two Memorial or the Lincoln Memorial. It's never ever been done in a government shutdown prior to this administration doing so."

The Lincoln Memorial was closed during one of the two shutdowns in 1995. During the second shutdown that went into 1996 ONLY the visitors center was closed.

AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File

The World War Two memorial was built in 2004. Before 2013, there had not been a shutdown since 1996.