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Local WWII Veterans Going To D.C. Despite Shutdown

Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 07:17 AM CDT
One key part of the shutdown has been the closure of National Parks and Monuments. But later today, that's not stopping more than 30 local WWII veterans from their trip to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight Austin, a nonprofit, takes veterans to see their memorial in the Nation's Capital.

As the shutdown drags on to its eleventh day, there's some uncertainty for the 34 local veterans making the Honor Flight trip from ABIA Friday. They have up to eight stops planned, including the World War II memorial,  but the question is how close will they be able to get on what for some may be their last opportunity.

Many of those monuments, including WWII, have been barricaded off because of the shutdown. 

This morning, Honor Flight Austin's chairman says he's gotten word that the National Park Service does not plan on stopping veterans from visiting the WWII memorial. Another stop, Arlington National Cemetery, will be open too. Organizers tell us it's their duty to get as many veterans as they can to the nation's capital.

"They waited 65 years to see this memorial," said Allen Bergeron, Chairman of Honor Flight Austin, during the trip in May. "It was built for them, and so many of them didn't get a chance to see it. So we're doing what we can. It's very emotional."

Veterans going on the trip tell us no matter how much they get to see, they're happy to be in D.C. after waiting decades. It's a quick trip: the Honor Flight takes off from ABIA just after noon today and returns back at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Another Honor Flight will take place November 1-2.
Local WWII Veterans Going To D.C. Despite Shutdown


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