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World War II Veterans don't let government shutdown stop them from visiting memorial

Updated: Wednesday, October 2 2013, 11:18 AM CDT
(CBS News) WASHINGTON -- As the number of World War II veterans rapidly shrinks, an organization called the Honor Flight Network is on a mission: to take those vets to the memorial in Washington that honors their service. But a group arriving at the memorial Tuesday ran right smack into the government shutdown.

Benjamin Joyner came to Washington Tuesday to mark his place in history.

"One day, I saw two torpedoes coming at my feet, and as the good Lord had it, they missed me," he says.

The 89-year-old Navy veteran from Lucedale, Miss., served in the Pacific and later pledged to see the World War II memorial before he died.

Joyner says he was going to see it one way or another. On Tuesday morning, he made it.

But the barricades that came with the government shutdown got there first.

To keep reading, click here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57605581/wwii-vets-bypass-shutdown-blockades-to-see-memorial/World War II Veterans don't let government shutdown stop them from visiting memorial


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