Kirkwood Honor Flight group leaves for DC despite government shutdown

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 1:18 PM

(KMOV) -- An Honor Flight group of World War II veterans from Kirkwood on Tuesday left for Washington DC to see the city's war memorials.

It’s the latest group of veterans nationwide visiting the nation’s capitol and all the war memorials there even though they are supposed to be closed to the public.

The 45 veterans from Kirkwood left at 3 a.m. and were wide awake and excited. They’re expected to return around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The group almost canceled the trip altogether as hundreds of park rangers are furloughed and the memorials are gated off to the public.

But Missouri Senator Roy Blunt will be meeting the group at the memorial to make sure they can get in.

News 4 was told one hurdle still remains though, as all the public restrooms at the memorials will be closed.

But at this point nothing is getting in the way of the excited local group of veterans.

“I thought the trip was gonna be canceled but I was told, ‘no the trip was not gonna be canceled’ and I was very happy to hear that,” said World War II Veteran George Grant.

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