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MS Veterans ignore WWII Monument shutdown

. The veterans, who traveled to Washington on a Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, ignored a barricade surrounding the monument with the blessing of several congressmen from across the nation. . The veterans, who traveled to Washington on a Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, ignored a barricade surrounding the monument with the blessing of several congressmen from across the nation.
The government shutdown was not enough to prevent a group of Mississippi's World War II veterans from visiting the monument erected in their honor. The government shutdown was not enough to prevent a group of Mississippi's World War II veterans from visiting the monument erected in their honor.
These veterans have faced far more daunting barriers and they were not about to let yellow tape stop them from their mission. These veterans have faced far more daunting barriers and they were not about to let yellow tape stop them from their mission.
WASHINGTON, D. C (Mississippi News Now) -

The government shutdown was not enough to prevent a group of Mississippi's World War II veterans from visiting the monument erected in their honor. The veterans, who traveled to Washington on a Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, ignored a barricade surrounding the monument with the blessing of several congressmen from across the nation.

They ranged in age from 84 to 98, members of the greatest generation. Some of these World War II veterans said they weren't sure if they would have another opportunity to visit the memorial.

"Well, I was here about 10 years ago and it all wasn't really finished then and I thought I'd see it again," said John Palser. "They invited me to go, and I said I'm going."

So, imagine the surprise Palser and other members of the Honor Flight felt when they were faced with barricades.

"This is an open air monument and as the son of a disabled world war two veteran who is 91 who fortunately had the opportunity to visit this, this is personally upsetting," said Representative Bill Huizenga of Michigan. "This is a decision, I believe was made on politics, not on policy."

These veterans have faced far more daunting barriers and they were not about to let yellow tape stop them from their mission. They also had the blessings of the Park Service which decided not to hold anyone back from the memorial.

Walt Grayson traveled with the group and he saw it all unfold. He gave this account via Skype.

"Congressman Steve King, along with Congressman Steve Palazzo from Mississippi,Steve King from Iowa, said this is ridiculous and just went and snipped the tape with his pocket knife and opened the barricade," said Walt. "And the Mississippi Guard, the group from Mississippi, went through right behind the bagpipe player and laid the wreath and we all had a grand ole time until they said hey police are coming, get back on the bus, so we did."

"I'm sorry we can't do it all because of what has happened but anyway, we're happy to be here," said Gene Polley. "We appreciates the kindness and all of the greetings and so on we've had along the way. It's been great. Just a super-doo for all of us."

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