Govt. shutdown may delay WWII veterans' last mission
DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Honor Flight, an organization that sends veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., are addressing the effects of the government shutdown.
The shutdown has left the memorial blocked and barricaded but has not kept members of the greatest generation away. Police are allowing veterans inside. "I have a lot of feelings about all of this, and I think the whole thing is outrageous. Barricades to be taken down," said former naval aviator Edgar "Buddy" Galvin.
The Honor Flight South Florida hub is the newest of nine in the state, and the organization's inaugural flight to the nation's capital is scheduled for Oct. 27.
Veterans and board members are concerned that many World War II Veterans will miss the flight and never have another opportunity to visit the memorial due to the government shutdown.
They met in Davie Wednesday night to work out their travel plans. Richard Rosenzweig, a Navy veteran, said, "I will run the barricade down. It's our entitlement. It's an obligation of the country to do this."
Julian Syphax, another Navy veteran, noted, "Our war was different. We knew what we were fighting for. If the government put the barricade up and in minutes they took it back down, why can't everything work like that on the Hill?"
For now the National Park Service has permitted veterans who are part of the Honor Flights to visit the memorial.
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