U.S. Shutdown Felt in Normandy, France

10:42 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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WINSTON-SALEM - A Triad family couldn't escape the government shutdown by leaving the country.

Danny and Betty Ferguson visited the Normandy Cemetery in France, hoping to honor local heroes during their recent trip to the area.

But they were turned away by closed gates at the memorial.

They brought roses with them to place on the graves of fallen soldiers from Stokes and Forsyth Counties. Instead, they had to leave the flowers at the gate.

"We wanted to put roses on everybody's grave. That was just a dream and we just wanted to say thank-you in that way," explained Danny Ferguson. 

"It's heartbreaking," Betty Ferguson said. "It seems to me, in the grand scheme of things, budget wise, that that sort of thing is pennies a day. So it just makes me very sad."

Danny added, "We should never be prohibited from going to these burial spots of our American heroes that kept us free."

The cemetery is overseen by the American Battle Monuments Commission, which is an agency of the federal government.

The Fergusons planned this trip to Normandy for nine months.

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