Honor Flight, Vets Beat Government Shutdown

  • Oct 1, 2013 11:23am GMT

They knocked down and crossed the barriers around their beloved monument, breaking a few laws. But who is going to arrest a WWII veteran who has flown from thousands of miles away to see their monument to freedom?

Yeah, not me either. And thankfully not the park police officers on duty, even though those were their instructions via the government shutdown measures implemented as of midnight last night.

"I’m not going to enforce the 'no stopping or standing' sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans," a U.S. Park Police officer, told The Washington Post. “I’m a veteran myself.”

It's too bad the officer declined to give his name for the story, although I don't blame him for watching his back. But this writer would have bought him a round of beers.

It doesn't surprise me at all that the Greatest Generation caused some good ruckus and turned into the the heroes of Shutdown Tuesday.

If you haven't heard of Honor Flight and the wonderful way they support our veterans, please check them out.

(Photo credit: Washington Post & Getty Images).