A South Carolina man who took it upon himself to mow the lawn around the Lincoln Memorial in the wake of the government shutdown has been told he has to stop.
“These are our memorials,” Chris Cox told All-News 99.1 reporter John Domen when he began his crusade, CBS DC reports.
“Do they think that we’re just going to let them go to hell? No. 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.”
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Cox was just as straightforward when talking to ABC News in Washington, D.C.
“The building behind me serves as a moral compass not only for the country, but for the world,” Cox said. “And over my dead body are we going to let this deteriorate.”
But U.S. Park Police told Cox on Wednesday that enough was enough. Sgt. Paul Brooks told ABC News that Cox left without incident.
Cox said several people not only thanked him for his efforts, but tried to pay him. “I’ve had people walk by and hand me $2 here and $5 there, and I say, ‘No, I’m not homeless. I’m out here working,” he told ABC
Cox told the Daily Mail that he was moved into action
after watching news reports the day of the shutdown. “I’m watching the news a week ago, and they’re talking about how vulnerable the memorials are,” he said. “So right after the news, I threw my bicycle into my truck and I patrolled the memorials all night long. They were right. Anyone could just come up there and spray paint or whatever. I realized that I could serve my country better as a custodian.”
So he started mowing. He carried a South Carolina flag over his shoulder while doing his duty.
Cox had won over plenty of fans on Twitter.
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