WASHINGTON, D.C.–A Mississippi Honor Flight trip to the World War II Memorial was planned months ago and evidently the government shutdown on Tuesday wasn’t going to stop them.
The ninety-one members aboard the flight arrived at the memorial with yellow tape and signs saying that it was closed, but it didn’t keep them out for long.
“We just respectfully removed those barricades to honor these Mississippi World War II veterans,” said Miss. Rep. Alan Nunnelee. “We walked through the barricades very respectfully.”
The veterans were able to pay their respects and walk through the grounds according to Nunnelee without any resistance from anyone that was present.
“I had a veteran today tell me that he believed in America again,” he said. “Today is not about politics, it’s about honoring these veterans who put their life on the line to defend freedom.”
Non-essential government operations were shutdown on Tuesday due to the political funding struggle going on in Washington D.C. currently.