Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio is heading to Washington D.C. Wednesday morning despite threats of arrest if they cross the barricades at the temporarily closed monuments.
The flight is scheduled to take off at 8:30 a.m. The local veterans heading there were told of the risks in going but say they didnâ??t want to wait any longer to see the tributes built to honor their service.
President Lee Armstrong said when he called the parks service, he was told they would face arrest.
"I said, are you kidding me? You're going to arrest a 90/91-year-old veteran from seeing his memorial? If it wasn't for them it wouldn't be there. She said, 'That's correct sir.'"
When Armstrong asked for her name, he says she did not give it to him and then promptly hung up the phone.
Dave Chilson, with Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio says, "That's what we can anticipate, is being able to move the barricades at the World War II memorial, and that our entire group will be allowed to go in."
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Through October, the are more than 35,000 veterans scheduled to visit the site.
The House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the effects of the government shutdown on Veteran Affairs' benefits and other services. Since the partial government shutodwn, the VA has furloughed thousands of workers.
Our WNWOâ??s Chris Delcamp is taking the trip with local honor flight. WNWO will follow this story and show us how much it means to these vets.