The veterans, many in wheelchairs, were visiting Washington, D.C. as part of an Honor Flight Network tour to see the memorial and pay respect to their fellow veterans.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight veterans won the respect and honor of the American people with their refusal to take no for an answer at the World War II Memorial.
Photographs of the veterans at the World War II Memorial, despite the yellow tape encircling the memorial, quickly went viral.
On Oct. 2, the United States Park Police announced that all planned Honor Flight Tours are considered "First Amendment activities," according to an article in the Stars and Stripes.
The Honor Flight Network provides free tours for World War II veterans from all over the country to visit the World War II Memorial and other war memorials.
Honor Flight Tours are also open to veterans of other wars who are terminally ill. The Honor Flight Network was the dream of one man, Earl Morse, a Retired Air Force Captain.
Morse, who worked as a physician assistance at a VA clinic after retirement, wanted to help World War II veterans travel to our nation's capital to see their war memorial, which was dedicated in May 2004.
Morse, who was also a private pilot, spoke with fellow pilots at one of the country's largest and best aero clubs in January 2005 about his mission.
The first Honor Flight Tour in May 2005 consisted of six small airplanes with volunteer pilots who flew 12 World War II veterans from Ohio to Washington, D.C. and accompanied the veterans to the World War II Memorial and other war memorials.
Through the end of 2012, the Honor Flight Network has transported more than 98,500 veterans from 41 states to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.
The Honor Flight Network operates through donations and the service of many volunteers. All donations are gratefully accepted, except from World War II veterans, whose service is payment enough.
As Congress continues to point fingers about the government shutdown, World War II veterans from across the country show us all why they are called the Greatest Generation.