By: Kylen Mills
Not even the government shut down could stop this special trip, but this morning a bird had many thinking they would be stuck on the ground.
"We have had 25 flights and only one of them was delayed because of fog, and that didn't last this long," said organizer Bob Morrison.
A bird got caught in the engine while the plane was coming in on the runway, leaving mechanics scrambling to fix the problem, while organizers scrambled to find another plane.
Initially crews thought they would need to fly in special equipment to make the repairs, but a team of engineers ended up saving the day.
After anxiously waiting for about 3 hours the veterans finally got the good news.
Most said despite all the challenges they were optimistic, and the trip was sure to be worth the wait.
"Just waiting to go to Washington and talk to those kingpins to tell them to get on ball quit acting like babies," said Korean War Veteran Roger Nielsen.
"I didn't want to miss this for anything. This will be a father son bonding thing. It is more important to me than anything else in my life," said Lowell Grummert, also a Korean War Veteran.
The plane finally took off around 10:00AM and landed safely in Washington.