UNDATED, Miss. (WCBI)- A group of World War II veterans from Iowa and Mississippi flew to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II memorial only to find the doors closed. The National Mall, like many of the government funded parks and museums was closed to the public today due to the stalemate between Republicans and Democrats that caused the government to shutdown which began at midnight. The veterans were in town as part of an ‘Honor Flight’ which brings veterans from around the country to visit the World War II memorial in Washington and arrived by bus to find it barricaded.
“I’ve been looking forward to seeing this since it was put up,” said Bill Webb a World War II veteran from Tupelo Mississippi.
“I’m sad to hear we had to shut down..someone knows better than I do,” Webb said.
Several members of Congress later moved the barricades to help the veterans get inside. The last time the government shutdown was in the 90’s during the Clinton Administration for 21 days.