A WWII vet memorial was visited on Oct. 1 by several WWII veterans despite the government shutdown. According to USA Today, 91 World War II veterans crossed political lines today as barricades were moved aside so that they could walk their memorial on the historic National Mall -- which is closed to the public because of the shutdown.
"The vets in three buses pulled up to the Memorial at 11:20 a.m. ET and were greeted by a group of congressmen who said they were determined to ensure the vets from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight would have the full experience of the monument," USA Today reports.
The WWII vet memorial walk was a success thanks to Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss. who led the veterans past the barricades. These veterans were part of a group that raised about $90,000 to get these people to their memorial so that they could remember, pay respect, and have a day together as the band of brothers that they are. Though the shutdown threatened to put a wrench in their trip, the veterans were taken care of and made the best of things.
"They planned to eat a picnic lunch at the Air Force Memorial, because they heard the restrooms remained open there, and finish their day by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery," USA Today reports.
The WWII vet memorial visits will likely continue despite the shutdown. Groups come to the memorial on a regular basis through a funded program. It is unknown whether or not there are plans to halt upcoming visits.
© Effie Orfanides 2013