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Oak Lawn WWII Veteran Defies Memorial Shutdown

Mike and Marie Lynch made the historic D.C. trip with Honor Flight Chicago Wednesday.

Mike and Marie Lynch of Oak Lawn made the trip to the World War II Veterans Memorial, where they were met by Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk and other lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski.

"I couldn't believe it," Mike said about the overwhelming emotional moment.

Ninety World War II veterans from Illinois went to Washington Wednesday to see the memorial built in their honor, and they weren’t disappointed. Guards were ordered to keep out the general public because of the partial government shutdown, but the visiting vets were allowed to pass through the gates.

"It was amazing," said Marie. "It was happy and sad."

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Judy Royer October 03, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Thank you for storming the Beaches of Washington, you vets own this memorial, no government offical has the right to shut this down. They should be ashamed.
OakLawnGuy October 03, 2013 at 02:19 PM
This really is an embarrassing stunt by the Govt and should be publicized and recognized more as such.
fred October 04, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Did Obama serve? Oh yes, served himself all the way to the WH. Oprah helped a bit, too.
Baba Wawa October 07, 2013 at 12:37 AM
He served just like Bush 2 "served."

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