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Local vets' trip to WWII memorial gets green light

(Toledo News Now) -

The partial government shutdown is not going to stop a determined group of local veterans from going to Washington DC next Wednesday.

Honor Flight is scheduled to make its 32nd local trip to the World War II Memorial in the nation's capitol. That memorial and others are barricaded. Surrounding restaurants and restrooms are closed.

Still, it sounds as though the flight is a go. Organizers are finalizing plans with a park just outside of Washington.

Once they land, the vets will stop for lunch then head to the memorial.

"We have three tour busses, and they have real nice restrooms, but for those more physically challenged, we want to make sure they have their own restroom, too," said Honor Flight President Lee Armstrong.

Chaperones have also been given tips on how to safely move the barricades from the memorial, as well as other war-related attractions they may visit.

"I've been in contact with some key leaders of the parks," Armstrong said. "They're going to work with me on this and other Honor Flights because they understand the importance of what we're doing. We're doing it for the veterans, not for us."

He adds he's 85 percent sure Honor Flight will take off and get word from the park on Monday.

"I, again, say it's a slap in the face of all veterans by closing these memorials," he said. "They're open. I don't see how you can legally close these parks."


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