Shutdown won't stop veterans on KC-based Honor Flight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NBC) -- The government shutdown did not stop World War II veterans from visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Tuesday and it won't stop a group of veterans from the Kansas City area from visiting there Wednesday.
The groups are taking part in Honor Flights, trips arranged for the express purpose of letting those who served in World War II and Korea see the memorials built in their honor.
Tuesday, veterans from Iowa and Mississippi made their way to the World War II Memorial only to find signs saying that the sites were closed. The veterans moved the barricades aside and let themselves in.
A Kansas City-based group will fly to Washington on Wednesday.
Local flight coordinator John Doole said the organization is working with local members of Congress to make sure participants are able to see the memorials.
"We have enlisted all of our Senators and House of Representatives (members) and anyone we can get there. I think we'll have a congressional party of 12 people," Doole said. "I think they're all united on this case. They're not united on other things, but they're there to get these World War II veterans in to the memorial."