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WWII Vets Defy Shutdown to Visit Memorial

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With all of the fountains turned on, workers put the final touches on the World War II Memorial. File photo.
They fought the brutal Nazis and battled the fierce Japanese army, so a group of elderly World War II veterans was not going to let a simple government shutdown stop them.

About 200 members of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight pushed through the metal barriers and past a couple of park policemen Tuesday to complete their long-planned visit to Washington's World War II memorial.

Democratic and Republican members of Congress joined the vets, most of whom were in their 80s or 90s.

The visit was arranged by one of several charities that fly elderly veterans to Washington war memorials so they can see for themselves how the nation remembers their bravery and sacrifice.