SC man spotted mowing the lawn outside the Lincoln Memorial (PHOTO)

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Credit: @sallyhs

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WASHINGTON — A man, armed with a lawnmower and a South Carolina state flag, was spotted mowing the lawn in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday afternoon.

With lawmakers debating over the government shutdown, the man took it upon himself to make sure the lawn was mowed outside one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks.

CBS Washington identified the ‘Memorial Mower’ as Chris Cox, of South Carolina, who said he is not motivated by political reasons, but rather because he feels obligated to help as veterans prepare descend on the nation’s capital for this weekend’s Million Vet March.

Cox said he is the lone member of the ‘Memorial Militia,’ and he is on a mission to clean up the National Mall. The man brought other landscaping tools, prepared and ready to help the government during the shutdown, including cleaning up a fallen branch near the reflecting pool.

According to the Weekly Standard, police were alerted and several officers responded to the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday. The man was asked to leave the property and he complied.

According to the report, no arrests were made.

Sally, who lives in Washington, took the photo Wednesday morning on her way to work. A similar photo was posted to Reddit earlier today and is the top post as of 2 p.m.


  • Max Pardon

    That is what churches preach and seldomly seen done, especially at such a great place as the Lincoln. I agree with the the comment above. Good work memorial militia. Wish I could get my lawn mowed for free.

  • American

    These memorials are representative of America, a government by the people, for the people. If “the people” want to take initiative and in good will do some cleaning up, why should he be denied? He isn’t doing it for money or notoriety, he is doing it out of the kindness of his heart- something the government should learn a little about.

  • brad

    forcing this man to leave is just another example of what is wrong with America. we just don’t seem to get it

    • Louis J Merrigan

      I do believe that a few more are wakening every day.
      You do remember that in Revelations and a few other places in the Book, God said that he would put them to sleep so they do not know of what is happening, and in the time of the end I will awaken my people to the truth, I can not quote chapter and verse.

  • Chris McVey

    This man is a true patriot and is doing more work than any of our Congress and the vultures who dared to stop him from keeping our country running and viable.

    I will be there soon to join him and further the national community since our ‘representatives’ can’t seem to get their a55es up off their shoulders and do the honorable thing like quit while they still have the chance.

  • Roger Cranford

    At less this man has the guts to do something. He is a true PATRIOT and is doing more that our Congress and the White House is doing. They can’t get along to do a job that the America people vote them in ot do. If they can’t get along then they should all resign the job.

  • Angela

    Way to go! I can’t believe though that he was asked to leave… how sad. Chris, you are a great person and your family and country are very proud of what you were trying to do. God bless you!

  • concerned

    BUT the Government still wants your TAX’s

    hundreds should go do the cleaning and show he isnt the only one feels that way

  • Angela Werner-Ward

    Our Vets storming the closed memorials and people like Chris are EXACTLY what this country needs. Call it a PEACEFUL REVOLUTION. We shold all join in and do something like this ALL ACCROSS AMERICA!

  • Judith

    TY Chris Cox. I know you did not do it to gain notoriety but to help serve our country in a very basic way and show respect to our veterans. God Bless you!

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