A government shutdown, engine trouble, and even a capitol lock down didn't stop local war veterans from taking the trip of a lifetime. On the 25th honor flight Thursday in Washington, D.C. vets saw more than they expected to see.
Starting off at the World War II memorial, veterans didn't face any resistance. They were let right on in, but that's about all the vets thought they would get to see. They thought they would have to stay on the bus for the Korean War Memorial but luckily, U.S. Representative Bruce Braley was there and he opened up the gates let the vets in. The majority of the vets on the Honor Flight fought in the Korean War so they really appreciated the gesture.
Aside from not being able to see the Vietnam Memorial, or Iwo Jima, a couple good things did come out of this government shutdown. A Rock Island Arsenal worker who now works at the Pentagon a got the tour inside the government building for the first time in Honor Flight history. They also got to see the 9/11 Memorial.
Despite the government shutdown, local vets on the Quad City Honor Flight have not been turned away from any monuments so far.
The group has visited the World War II Memorial, and was allowed in to the Korean War Memorial, passing through gates with "CLOSED" signs hung on them.
It remains to be seen if the veterans will be allowed at the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Iwo Jima. CBS4 reporter Kate Pabich is along on the flight.
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