Waders in veteran's memorial pool shamed in viral Facebook post

Jul 22, 2015 at 3:45 p.m. ET

A group of tourists has been photographed wading in the National World War II Memorial's fountain, which is a huge no-no.

And despite a sign clearly stating that wading in the pool is against the rules (both with words and a handy illustration), nobody seems to care.


In fact, it looks like everyone is having a terrific time disrespecting this national memorial, which is located in Washington, D.C.. This particular memorial is flanked by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and honors the 16 million troops that served in World War II. And not only should you not play around in it, you shouldn't throw coins into it either.

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There is certainly controversy over whether these people are disrespecting those who served and paid the ultimate price. Some commenters say that their family member served and would have loved to see people enjoying the water on a hot day and that those who are offended are stuffy and rigid. The bottom line, though, is that the stated rules are being broken. And it's enough of a problem that this TV journalist isn't the only one who has noticed that romping in the pool here is a thing, and he's not the only one who thinks that it should stop.

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It's disturbing not only that there are plenty of folks in the water, but some are posing for photos that their kids are taking. This is sad because parents are encouraging their children to be disrespectful jerks and that breaking the rules is A-OK. Memorials such as these are meant to be reflected upon and enjoyed in one's own way, of course, but most would agree that a war memorial should be experienced in quiet and personal solitude. It certainly isn't a water park, nor is it a place for a wading pool free-for-all, good for chuckles and funny photos. How could anyone consider that to be a good idea?

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If you're interested in playing in the water, a water park or a beach is a much better (and way more appropriate) idea. Even though the weather has been brutal for much of the nation, it's completely disrespectful to use a national war monument as your personal playground.