Ninety World War II veterans from Illinois went to Washington Wednesday to see the memorial that was built in their honor; and they weren’t disappointed.
Guards were ordered to keep out the general public because of the partial government shutdown; but the visiting vets were allowed to pass through the gates.
It was an emotional experience for many who lost friends in the war, and a chance to say goodbye.
The vets were not allowed to visit the Korean or Vietnam war memorials or the Lincoln Memorial; but they were treated to a reception at a private museum.
One vet said, “I never had so many people thank me for anything.”