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Honor Flight continues despite shutdown

Canandaigua, N.Y. - For Richard Bauer, getting to Washington D.C. is like winning the lottery.

It's something you'll take to the grave; it's something you'll never ever, ever forget, Vietnam veteran Richard Bauer said.

Bauer was a Medevac helicopter pilot during the war.

He'll travel to D.C. under special circumstances with the group, "Their Last Chance" or T.L.C. Honor Flight because this is his last chance to see the memorials that honor war veterans - he's dying of cancer.

It's an opportunity for them to go down and see the memorials that were created for their service, Honor Flight Vice President of Operations John Burns said.

Burns said even though the government is shut down, the trip is still paid for and whether destinations are closed or not, theyre still going.

It's sad because we've been on trips with these veterans and we've seen their reactions of them going to their different memorials, how fulfilling and happy it makes them and to be in this situation where we may not be able to do all those things it's more sad than anything, Burns said.

Veterans will go to Arlington National Cemetery.

And while the World War Two, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans memorials may be closed, Bauer's joy overshadows the cloud of uncertainty sitting over Washington.

If I don't actually see the wall, there are pictures of it, Bauer said. So I'm not going to be disappointed if I don't see the actual thing. Just to be there and be in the atmosphere.

The White House Press Secretary told media outlets that accommodations are being made to Honor Flight groups.

No word on what those accomodations will be.

For the one to two thousand veterans scheduled to visit the nations capital this weekend, they hope things turnaround just in time.

 

Alexis Arnold, 13WHAM-TV
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