KC/KS Veterans Head To D.C. In Spite Of Government Shutdown
More than 80 veterans and their families are headed to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight even though national parks and memorials are closed due to the government shutdown.
The Heartland Honor Flight provides aging WWII veterans the opportunity to see national monuments made in their honor.
“For some of these gentlemen, this is the only time they’ve been to D.C., they’re not going to have the opportunity to come back, so this will be their only time to see the memorial, so it’s critical they go there today," said John Doole with Heartland Honor Flight.
The veterans vow to make the trip to D.C. regardless of the government shutdown. When asked how they were going to visit the WWII Memorial when it’s closed, Ian Drake, a WWII veteran, said “We might have to climb or something. It’s no problem. Well work it out when we get there.”
Ian said he thinks that after going through all the trouble of traveling -- and the trip already being paid for -- someone will let them into the memorial.
I think that our local politicans and all politicans should ensure that these veterans are able to get into the memorial. These politicans should be giving the tour as their civic duty!
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- Kelly Urich