World War II veterans cross memorial barricades despite shutdown

By WEEK Producer

World War II veterans cross memorial barricades despite shutdown

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of World War II veterans did not let the government shutdown prevent them from visiting the monument erected in their honor.

Tuesday morning, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight pushed past the barricade surrounding the World War II monument.

The group of 91 veterans range in age from 84 to 98, and many said they did not know if they would have another opportunity to visit the memorial.

Because the monument was closed, the veterans were technically trespassing; however an officer on duty told the Washington post that he was not going to enforce the closure on the group of veterans.

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