Veterans who participated in honor flight trip react to memorial shutdown

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – World War II veterans are storming the barricades at their closed monuments in Washington D.C. decades after storming the beaches at Normandy.

This time, they are fighting a government shutdown that is threatening to keep them from a once in a lifetime experience.

Back in Tuscaloosa, veterans have been watching the news closely. Just this past May, the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club hosted its fourth Honor Flight.

For the first time the group invited Korean War veterans to join World War II veterans on a day trip to visit their monuments at the nation’s capital.

Since May of 2010, the Tuscaloosa group has taken over 350 veterans to their monuments. Chairman Jordan Plaster says after every trip the letters pile up, describing the event as an emotional highlight of the veterans’ lives.

That’s why the veterans say they sympathize with the groups that are attempting to visit the memorials this week.

Ed Conyers, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War says if he were in their position, he would bust through the barriers too.

Conyers explains how he left behind a wife and baby in a 2-room apartment on $110 a month for two years while he served. Conyers says, being able to visit the monuments helps to make those sacrifices, even.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

 

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