NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans is extending an invitation to veterans groups that might find themselves unable to hold planned events at federal memorial sites or parks due to the government shutdown.
Museum chief executive Gordon H. Mueller notes in a statement that the museum — and independent nonprofit operation — is not subject to the federal government shutdown.
World War II veterans from Mississippi and Iowa were, for a time, kept out of the World War II Memorial in Washington. Now, the National Park Service is making provisions to allow veterans groups into the memorial, but national parks and other commemorative sites remain closed.
"I hope that our nation's leaders will be able to find common ground and resolution quickly, and that all sites commemorating our nation's history and aspirations can resume normal operations," Mueller said in an emailed statement.
That invitation comes amid growing worries over the effects the shutdown will have on the state's economy. In the New Orleans area, for instance, tourists were denied access to some historical sites.
"If leisure visitors ask, we are advising them that it is business-as-usual with the exception of a few attractions," said Kelly Schulz of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We assure them that thousands of restaurants, museums, music clubs and cultural attractions and are open and operating normally," Schulz said.
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