(NEWSER) – The World War II Memorial in Washington is currently barricaded, thanks to the government shutdown, but that didn't stop a group of WWII vets from entering it today. The group, part of an honor flight program from Mississippi, had chartered an airplane and made plans too far in advance to change the trip. US Park Police allowed their bus to stop ("I'm a veteran myself," says one), and members of Congress led them into the memorial—where they shouted and "surged" in as the barricades were moved, the Washington Post reports.

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