Some protesters were on hand Wednesday morning at the World War II Memorial in Washington.Fox News
A veteran is led into the World War II Memorial in Washington after the barricades were moved to enable access.Fox News
A new wave of veterans were forced to move barricades at the WWII Memorial in Washington Wednesday morning to gain access during the government slimdown, a spokeswoman from Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told FoxNews.com.
The WWII veterans, from Ohio, Kansas and Missouri, arrived at the memorial one day after another group relied on the assistance from elected officials to move the barricades to allow access. Parks police did not prevent the first group from entering, nor did they interfere with Wednesday's group.
The veterans vowed to make the trek to D.C. regardless of the situation in Washington. When asked how they were going to visit the World War II Memorial when it’s closed, Ian Drake, a WWII veteran, told Fox4KC.com the group will "find a way in, one way or another. We might have to climb or something. It's no problem. Well work it out when we get there."
The veterans are traveling as part of Honor Flight , a program that enables World War II veterans to partake in an expense-paid trip to view the memorial.
"A lot of my old comrades were lost in World War II," Ian Drake, a WWII veteran told the station. "Eighteen of 100 in my graduating class were lost in World War II, so it's important for me to show my respect at the memorial."