Concerned that the National Park Service may have acted overzealously, lawmakers want to make sure that veterans can take photographs freely at the nation’s memorials that are dedicated in their honor. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn, and Mike Bost, R-Ill., sponsored a measure that would require the Park Service to clearly articulate policies regarding photography at these sites. Their effort was spurred by numerous recent complaints by veterans’ groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), regarding incidents in which Park Service employees asked veterans to show them permits while taking pictures at sites in Washington, D.C., including the World War II and Vietnam War memorials. Bost chairs the House Veterans’ Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee. Esty is ranking member.
“We both agree that no veteran deserves to be treated with respect while visiting a memorial dedicated to the memory of the men and women who gave their lives for our country. These veterans are simply trying to pay their respects to our fallen heroes, their comrades, and to feel that their own service to our nation is appreciated,” Esty and Bost wrote.
The measure is now pending before the subcommittee.