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Normandy American Cemetary In France Is Closed Because Of US Government Shutdown

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The partial government shutdown extends all the way across the Atlantic. A Merion, Pa. couple was turned away at Normandy Cemetary.

“I can’t tell you the level of disappointment I have as an American,” Main Line lawyer Robert Foxx said.

He and his wife Nancy had been planning their trip to France for a year and they set aside three days to focus on the site of the D Day invasion.

“We had an opportunity to tour the beaches which were open, but when we went to the Cemetery it was closed,” he said. “And it was incredibly disappointing.”

Not to mention surprising. Foxx says his thoughts turned to Congress as he stood outside the final resting place for thousands of soldiers who stormed the beaches.

“Where are our heroes in our government who are doing what’s right for the American people? This is not a partisan issue to me at all. Where are the people who would allow this to happen, not just Normandy but allow this to happen to our government?”

Despite their disappointment the Foxx’s plan to return to Normandy, someday.