A few US Park Police officers, who are not subject to being furloughed, patrolled the area while the visiting veterans milled in past crowding politicians and reporters. David Nichols, a board member of Honor Flights, which organizes the convoys, worked security on the Independence Avenue, Southwest, side of the memorial, only letting the veterans and their companions past the barricade. Nichols also wanted no part of the shutdown fight.We don’t care about anything else,” he told Washingtonian. “We don’t pick sides.”If anyone not elected to Congress was down there making a statement, it was John Aucott, an Agriculture Department employee who went on unpaid leave yesterday and stood outside the memorial holding a sign reading “Our vets did their job. Congress please do yours!”“To use this as an opportunity to get press coverage is unfortunate,” Aucott said of the members of Congress who dropped by for photos ops with World War II veterans. Still, he wouldn’t mind seeing his fellow furloughed workers join him in making a scene at the memorial as more veterans’ groups arrive this week.“If you’re furloughed, come out and make a statement,” said Aucott, who gave numerous interviews and posed for plenty of his own photos.The National Park Service had planned to open the monument for visiting veterans on a daily basis, said Carol Johnson, an NPS spokeswoman who started her own furlough after today’s groups cleared out. Priebus, meanwhile, said that the Republican Party will hire five private security guards to work the fences at the memorial. RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said the $150,000 offer is being made because the memorial is "an example of something that needs to be open.""It's clear that the government shutdown is affecting people," Kukowski said. "The Democrats haven't been at the table. They've been touting how much money they've been raising." The Democratic National Committee raised about $850,000 on Monday. Kukowski would not say how much the RNC has hauled since the shutdown started.Priebus's appearance was another good photo op to distract from the continuing shutdown, perhaps, but it seems the 900 World War II veterans scheduled to visit this week would rather be left alone, whether the interlopers are politicians looking to score points or furloughed workers making a stink.