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Tom Hanks praises World War II veterans for breaching DC memorial

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Actor Tom Hanks praised veterans for breaking through the barricades and visiting the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., despite a government shutdown that closed the site.

“Good for the veterans," he said. "Good, go see it. We should all have access to them all the time,” Hanks said during an interview with video journalist Nicholas Ballasy at a screening of his new movie, "Captain Phillips."

Hanks starred in "Saving Private Ryan," the 1998 movie considered by critics to be a classic of the World War II genre, and was co-producer of "Band of Brothers," the award-winning HBO series on soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who parachuted into France as part of the Normandy invasion.

“Did they assault it with helicopters? Landing craft? Did they bust through in a Jeep?” Hanks joked. “How did they do it exactly?”

After Ballasy explained that the veterans might have had help from members of Congress, Hanks responded, “Good! We should all have access to our national monuments and parks. It’s as simple as that.”

When asked about his opinion of the government shutdown, Hanks appeared frustrated.

"I don't know what's going on, I don't understand," he said. "It seems to me that people are elected to do just the opposite, but here we are."

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