WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXOW) – Barricades surround the national monuments in Washington, D.C. thanks to the government shutdown, turning a trip for a La Crosse family into a disappointment.
Jacob Sciammas, his wife and two kids left for the capitol on Friday. Jacob told News 19 they knew there might be a federal government shutdown so they tried to squeeze in as much as they could during the first couple days on vacation.
However, Jacob said they were unaware they would not be able to get even close to the monuments. On their agenda Tuesday, a stop at the Jefferson Memorial, which is now gated off.
"We are here and we are ashamed," said Jacob. "It's disappointing that we are here to teach the kids about DC and government and some of the real treasures of our country."
Jacob said this is the first time to Washington, D.C. for the kids and they leave Wednesday. He went on to say that it's difficult to explain to the children why they can't see any of the monuments but he said it's definitely a once and a life time experience.
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