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Local WWII veterans headed to D.C., despite shutdown

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Several World War II veterans from North Texas are relieved that the government shutdown won't ruin their trip to the memorial dedicated to them this week.

The 41 veterans will visit the WWII memorial for the first time with Honor Flight DFW.

The organization pays for WWII veterans to fly to Washington, D.C. to see all of the war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.

Last week, the non-profit's president started to worry the congressional stalemate would group their trip.

"We knew we couldn't cancel the flight, that was not an option, the tickets were bought, our donations had come in and the flight was paid for, so we were going regardless," Tudy Giordano, Honor Flight DFW President, said. "My concern was, we'd get there and the barriers were there and we couldn't get in and how disappointed the veterans would be."

They'll see the WWII memorial, but won't be able to see the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. The water feature won't be turned on and the bathrooms won't be open.

 The veterans, who range in age from 86 to 96, know this could be their only opportunity to see these historic sites.

John Terry Smith waited nearly two years to board his honor flight with the men and women who served and survived.

"I'm just thankful," he said, "thankful God has blessed me in the way He has."

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