Proud American Does Job National Parks Service Should Be Doing

Sometimes we read stories that remind us what makes America different from other nations. CBS recently ran one such story. South Carolina native, Chris Cox, was like many Americans — perturbed at the notion that a government shutdown would affect our national parks and monuments. Unlike many other Americans though, he decided to do something about it. He rode up from South Carolina with his lawn care equipment and a can-do attitude and got to work making the area between the Lincoln and the WWII Memorials as well kept as possible. Now the major news networks have dubbed him the “The One Man Memorial Militia.”

He had hoped to make sure the area was in pristine condition (or as close to it as possible) when the WWII Veterans arrive for Sunday’s Million Veteran March on Washington.

“He isn’t motivated by political reasons but feels obligated to help as veterans prepare to descend on the nation’s capital for this weekend’s Million Vet March. Regardless of how many former service members actually attend the rally, Cox says making them presentable is just the right thing to do.

There’s a lot of preparation to get ready for them and there’s nobody here representing the government,” Mr. Cox says.

ChrisCoxThe local Park police had allowed Mr. Cox to work and maintain the memorials for a short time. Sadly, after a couple of days of hard work trying to maintain the grounds, the Park police stepped in and asked him to stop his work. Mr. Cox has agreed to stop, but perhaps his example can serve a greater purpose to remind the National Parks Services that they work for us, the people, and not for any particular political purpose. If they have enough park Rangers around to try to keep people out of the national parks, perhaps they have enough to keep the place looking nice?

Thank you, Mr. Cox, for your service even in the face of a selfish bureaucracy.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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