On Monday morning, Arizona Representative Matt Salmon was joined by Congressman Trent Franks and Congressman Ron Barber in welcoming 78 Arizona WWII Honor Flight veterans at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Salmon said he was honored for the opportunity. “These Americans are true heroes who made the long journey from Arizona to visit the WWII Memorial on the National Mall. May God bless them and their families for the many sacrifices they made for the sake of our nation.”
“It is a great honor and a privilege for me to welcome to Washington these veterans who fought bravely and heroically for our nation more than a half-century ago,” said Barber, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Honor Flight does a wonderful job of helping these former warriors see the magnificent memorial that has been built to honor their sacrifice.”
The Obama administration’s federal government shutdown, now in its fifth day, has included the restricted access to Washington museums, memorials and monuments. After much public outcry and the exposure of the administration’s desire to make the shut down as difficult as possible for the public, the U.S. Park Police are now allowing veterans into the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
The trip is being made possible by Honor Flight Southern Arizona, which provides any WWII veteran living in Southern Arizona with a three-day trip to Washington to visit the memorial at no cost.
This is the fourth trip this year that Honor Flight Southern Arizona has provided for veterans.
Since the federal government shutdown began on Tuesday, Barber has been donating his salary to Southern Arizona charities. Earlier this week, one of his donations was to Honor Flight Southern Arizona.
Representative Paul Gosar was meeting with constituents in Arizona. Arizona’s senators John McCain and Jeff Flake were conspicuously missing.