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HONOR FLIGHT: Shutdown Won’t Stop Veterans

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A group of Iowa veterans is headed to our nation’s capital on Wednesday.

KWWL reports it’s the fourth and final Honor Flight of the year out of the Eastern Iowa Airport. The flight almost didn’t happen because of the federal government’s shutdown.

Richard Phipps served in the Navy during World War II. His grandson, John, signed him up for the Honor Flight.

Honor Flights from across the country hit a roadblock two weeks ago when the federal shutdown closed national parks and memorials.

The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight board of directors talked to other groups who’ve made the trip since the shutdown began and decided to continue their flight as planned.

“Congress should have been the ones that were closed, their salaries at any rate,” says Richard Phipps.

John Phipps says, “It seems absurd that programs like this and the memorials for the veterans would not be accessible.”

Richard has been to Washington, D.C. before but not since the World War II memorial was built. He says he’s looking forward to seeing it for the first time and meeting other veterans.

The Honor Flight leaves Wednesday morning at 7:00.