WATCH: 3 GOP lawmakers pledge memorials will stay open during a shutdown

If the government shuts down, a trio of GOP lawmakers pledge that monuments on the National Mall will stay open and without barricades — unlike the shutdown in 2013. 

Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recounted for The Hill their respective experiences during the shutdown several years ago, when they broke through barricades to make sure World War II veterans were able to visit a memorial dedicated to them. The National World War 2 Memorial had been closed off to the public during a government shutdown.

"I cut the tape and I grabbed the right one and [King] grabbed the left one and I had not noticed the bagpipe player followed Steve [King]," Gohmert recalled.

When the lawmakers broke into the memorial, trailed by throngs of veterans, the bagpipe player started playing and it was like "following the Pied Piper ... it was beautiful," he said.

Watch the video above to hear the lawmakers share their stories and pledge that a similar situation will not happen if the government shuts down again this weekend.