WW II Vets Defy Federal Budget, Go To DC Memorial
October 3,2013 — Dozens of local World War II veterans from Northwest Indiana and the Greater Chicago area ignore the government shutdown to visit the Washington War Memorial created in their honor.
They traveled yesterday from Midway Airport through a program called Honor Flight that provides all-expenses paid trips to the Memorial Mall in Washington, DC.
Pete Stenberg is the director of honor flight Northwest Indiana, and he talked to Lakeshore’s Sarah Holst about what the trip means to the veterans. many in their 80’s and 90’s who might never again have this opportunity.
An Honor Flight contingent from Mississippi visited the mall Tuesday and was ushered into the closed facility by guards and lawmakers after the memorial was blocked by barricades of the federal government budget lapsed, leaving the monument closed temporarily. Click to watch Stenberg’s comments.