The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight will escort 91 World War II veterans from the Gulf Coast to the World War II Memorial on Tuesday morning, regardless of whether the government is open or closed, says Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., who will be there to greet them.
If the government shuts down, the National Park Service will erect barricades around the memorials on the National Mall and close the two streets that flank it, NPS spokeswoman Carol Johnson said. The Park Service won’t have the money to staff the memorials if the government shuts down, she said.
“It’s a huge disservice to our World War II veterans, to whom we owe so much,” Palazzo said. “For them to step off the bus and be met with Park Service personnel and barricades, it’s heartbreaking. And it makes me fighting mad.”