Veterans Pass Barriers at Closed WWII Memorial

Veterans Pass Barriers at Closed WWII Memorial

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The government shutdown nearly spoiled an Honor Flight trip for about 100 Gulf Coast veterans.

The group left for Washington DC Tuesday morning. One of the highlights of the trip is always getting to see the World War II Memorial. But when they got there the vets were greeted with barricades, because the workers had been furloughed.

“The Park Service did not want to barricade these grounds but unfortunately we have been directed due to a lack of appropriations to close all facilities and grounds,” said National Parks Spokesperson Carol Johnson.

It took members of Congress to come out and let the vets in to see their memorial.

“That's what we fought for to have freedom like that and we did get them to open them up for us. There would have had to have been a revolt if they hadn't,” said World War II Veteran Bill Webb.

Park officials said they aren't sure if future veterans will be able to get in if this shutdown continues. But some congress members say they will be there to make sure the memorial is open to traveling veterans.

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