Oct. 15, 2013
When the bearded man who defied government shutdown barricades and mowed the Lincoln Memorial lawn last week was told lawnmowers and chainsaws were prohibited, he did the next best thing.
now at WWII mem: man who cut grass at Lincoln mem. Says mowers+chainsaws prohibited. So he's got a blower pic.twitter.com/k1I1680dUe
— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) October 13, 2013
On Wednesday, Chris Cox obeyed the orders of D.C. cops after they asked him to leave the memorial.
But days later he was back out in full-force, this time keeping walkways tidy with the aid of a gas-powered leaf blower.
Cox, the sole member of what has been dubbed “the Memorial Militia,” inspired the nation last week when, in stark defiance of the Obama administration’s efforts to make the shutdown as “difficult for people” as possible, he provided veterans assembling at D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial over the weekend a well-deserved kempt setting.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) October 9, 2013
When asked why he was mowing, he told CBS DC it was all for the veterans:
“These are our memorials. Do they think that we’re just going to let them go to hell? No,” Cox exclusively told All-News 99.1 reporter John Domen. “If they shut down our memorials, we’re still going to take the trash out, we’re going to clean the windows, we’re going to cut the grass, we’re going to pull the weeds, we’re going to do the tree work.”
Cox received recognition for his efforts. He was given the opportunity to speak at this weekend’s Million Vet March.
— Danyelle Long (@danylong) October 13, 2013