BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - After 12 successful trips to Washington D.C., Honor Flight Buffalo was hesitant to highlight the fact this next one is unlucky number 13.
"We're not really naming it number 13. And obviously it looks like we should have if they closed down the memorial. Who would have ever thought?" said Lisa Wylie, president of Honor Flight Buffalo.
The World War II memorial is closed as a result of the government shut down. That worries Wylie, as she's organizing a trip there in less than three weeks.
"To close them down to the public, especially our World War II heroes, is just devastating," Wylie said.
But what happened next inspired her. Some congressmen took down the gate on Tuesday and allowed the visiting vets to see the memorial up close.
"Every now and then you've got to ask forgiveness instead of permission," a Mississippi congressman said on Tuesday.
Wylie says even if the government is still shut down October 19, Honor Flight Buffalo will make the trip. And like these Honor Flights from Mississippi, they plan to storm the memorial.
"At this point I think we would do the same," Wylie said.
They have no intention of making trip number 13 any different. The 26 World War II vets will be accompanied by volunteer guardians. The oldest veteran on this trip will be 96. The youngest is 86.
"This could be their last chance," Wylie said.
And Honor Flight Buffalo says it will still be the trip of a lifetime.
Honor Flight Buffalo is hosting a meet and greet Saturday for all the participants of the upcoming trip. The next trip will take place in May.
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