Rep. Lipinski Ignores Shutdown Warnings, Joins Vets at WWII Memorial

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) made sure that 90 veterans with Honor Flight Chicago who departed this morning from Midway Airport got to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., ignoring National Park Service warnings that the trip would have to be cancelled and they would be turned away because of the ongoing shutdown of the federal government. Joining Rep. Lipinski in thanking these heroes for their service and accompanying them to the memorial was former Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson.

“The World War II Memorial belongs to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line and courageously fought for our country and protected our freedoms. Denying these veterans, as well as their friends and family, access to the memorial and ruining their day because of the bickering and gridlock in Washington would have been unconscionable,” Rep. Lipinski said. “I was proud that Secretary Nicholson could join me on this special day made all the more memorable by the determination and patriotism of these honorable veterans.”

Honor Flight Chicago has made 52 trips to Washington, providing World War II veterans with an all-expenses-paid day filled with honor, remembrance and celebration, including the ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Southwest Airlines donates the cost of the round-trip flight between Midway Airport and Washington. Today’s trip will return to Chicago at 8:45 p.m., concluding with a celebration at the airport for our returning heroes.

“I’m always in awe of our World War II vets, but the spirit and resolve they demonstrated today was extremely moving,” Rep. Lipinski said. “If only members of Congress and the administration could follow their example and make sacrifices for the good of the country, this pointless shutdown would come to an end in no time.”

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