The Daily Mail is reporting that the Lincoln Memorial was closed after Georgetown student reportedly held a rowdy graduation party and left the steps littered with broken booze bottles.
The National Mall’s park service announced on Twitter this morning that the iconic Washington Dc memorial was closed after a ‘local university graduation celebration left litter, broken bottles and spilled wine and champagne covering the steps.’
Georgetown hasn’t been confirmed as the college involved, they said they are ‘monitoring’ the situation. It is also reportedly a tradition for its students to head to the memorial to watch the sun rise after their graduation.
“The Lincoln Memorial is closed this morning following a local university graduation celebration that left litter, broken bottles and spilled wine and champagne covering the steps. We will reopen as soon as the area has been cleaned and made safe,” the National Park Service wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.
About two hours later, the NPS announced, “Thanks to our facilities staff for the quick clean up this morning. The Lincoln Memorial is open. We appreciate your patience.”
Thanks to our facilities staff for the quick clean up this morning. The Lincoln Memorial is open. We appreciate your patience.
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) May 21, 2022
Broken glass and other trash was seen left behind, in a photo shared by photojournalist Anthony Tilghman.
The Lincoln Memorial is closed today after a graduation party left trash everywhere and didn’t clean up after. It is reported to be students from Georgetown University. @RealTimeNews10 @alanhenney pic.twitter.com/lMzzgQquEu
— Anthony Tilghman (@AnthonyTilghman) May 21, 2022
Facebook user Patrick Mclain blasted the mess, responding to a Fox News report. He wrote, “I am absolutely saddened to know , my family and myself and everyone whom ever had services to this country means nothing to to the new generation! The Lincoln memorial and reflection pool is about showing men fought and died for ALL men equal to one another, not separate and some less in meaning but EQUAL!!!!’”
Another Facebook user posted a photo of a pile of collected garbage.
Lincoln Memorial CLOSED after rowdy ‘Georgetown’ students held graduation party there https://t.co/ijaBOsJ3Ye
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 21, 2022
Lincoln Memorial closes after Georgetown seniors leave broken bottles, spilled winehttps://t.co/3i5XPI8JK8
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 21, 2022
A similar incident happened two years ago:
Privilege – A disappointing scene down at the National Mall yesterday. Georgetown University students decided to have their own graduation celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, jumping in the pool, flouting social distance, and heckling people wearing masks. pic.twitter.com/ZgZeeZlPTr
— @DCHomos (@DCHomos) May 17, 2020
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