WASHINGTON (WIFR) -- Nearly 90 WWII veterans from Illinois returned home Wednesday night after spending the day in our nation's capitol.
They left Chicago Wednesday morning with one mission, to see the memorial that was built in their honor and they say a government shutdown wasn't going to stop them.
Just minutes before the veterans arrived, the National Park Service caved in and opened the barricades blocking the memorial.
It will be that way for the rest of the week. All Honor Flights going to DC will be allowed in under the First Amendment. Vets in Washington on Wednesday met with Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.
The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday afternoon it would pay for security to keep the WWII Memorial open for the next 30 days.