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To Help During Shutdown, Man Mows Lawn Around Lincoln Memorial

Chris Cox of Mount Pleasant, S.C., pushes a cart near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Wednesday.
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Chris Cox of Mount Pleasant, S.C., pushes a cart near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Wednesday.

Because of the partial government shutdown, most of the monumental core in Washington, D.C. is not being maintained.

That means that icons like the Lincoln Memorial and its Reflecting Pool look a little less majestic.

But, today, a South Carolina man, took matters into his own hands and made news by doing what the government won't do.

As The Washington Post reports, Chris Cox, 45, bought an old lawn mower and a leaf blower and got to work, making sure the lawn was nice and kempt and some fallen tree limbs were moved out of the way.

"These are our memorials. Do they think that we're just going to let them go to hell? No," Cox told All-News 99.1. "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."

Cox told the Post that he was not taking a political position by keeping up public lands.

"The building behind me serves as a moral compass, not only for our country but for the world. And over my dead body are we going to find trash pouring out of these trash cans," he said. "At the end of the day, we are the stewards of these buildings that are memorials."

The Post reports that U.S. Park Police told him to stop mowing the lawn.

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