A group of World War Two veterans on an Honor Flight from Chicago to Washington D.C. didn't let the government shutdown stop them from visiting their memorial. They walked right passed the barricades to see the monument, yesterday. About 90 vets made the trip.
Honor Flight Chicago President Tracey Rouso says the vets ignored the barricades and went ahead with their visit. They were greeted at the wall with several Illinois lawmakers including Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, but Honor Flight officials say the vets weren't impressed. They say it wasn't a day for politicking, it was simply a time to remember and honor those who served. The memorial is an open air facility with no entrance or exit gate, and the National Park Service removed the barriers later in the day. Nearby restrooms were locked due to the government shutdown.