A group of 64 aging veterans from the Syracuse area are still on schedule to tour the monuments and memorials of Washington D.C. this weekend. Honor Flight is escorting the group of World War II and Korean War veterans. The government shutdown is forcing organizing to reorganize some plans, but it will not stop the mission.
Earlier today other Honor Flight charter groups from cities across the country were met with signs indicating the World War II and Vietnam War memorials were closed. Theveterans stepped around the signs and made their way through the memorial. Organizers of the Syracuse are trips are upset about the National Park Service cordoning off memorials that are normally open 24 hours a day.
Retired Rear Admiral John Paddock wrote to the Central New York congressional delegation urging them to do all they can to keep the monuments and memorials for walk around access during this government shutdown. Paddock is the Vice President of Honor Flight Syracuse. Many of the former service men and women who are part of the Saturday Honor Flight trip are in their 90's and require wheelchairs. The charter flight is scheduled to depart Hancock Airport Saturday morning.