Disrespectful dipping at WWII Memorial pool in Washington?

Disrespectful dipping at WWII Memorial pool in Washington? (Image 1)
Disrespectful dipping at WWII Memorial pool in Washington? (Image 1)

Temperatures in Washington D.C. have gotten so high that people have started wading in the water feature at the WWII Memorial.

While those participating are simply trying to cool off, ABC affiliate WJLA said others find it to be disrespectful.

Visitors nearby seemed to have differing opinions on the matter.

“They’re not supposed to be doing it, but they’re more likely. Kids are kids,” one veteran told WJLA. “They’re just trying to get cooled off.”

A second veteran said, “I have no problem with that whatsoever.

Other tourists found it to be disrespectful and say they would never choose to put their feet in the water.

“There’s a sign that says to respect the memorial, so no, we wouldn’t,” one woman said.

The sign she is referring to states: “Honor your veterans. No wading.”

“These people died for our country, and we, I think, can suffer through a day of 100-degree heat for these people,” said another.

The National Park Service told WJLA that while they understand the desire to cool off, they try to explain and remind people that the memorial is a site that deserves respect.

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*WJLA contributed to this report.

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