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Quad Cities Honor Flight Charges On During Shutdown

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The latest Quad Cities Honor Flight leaves this Thursday, but National parks and monuments are closed or have limited access.

Hub Director of the Quad Cities Honor Flight, Bob Morrison and his team of volunteers aren't letting that stop them.

Bob Morrison says his main mission in overseeing the Honor Flight is to get as many vets from the Q-C-A- to the memorials in Washington D.C. as possible.

"There's aren't very many left and we want to get them out there before it's too late," said Morrison.

He's been on every honor flight out of the Quad Cities since 2008.

He even said if the government shutdown stops vets from getting into memorials, they will still be able to see and talk about them

"We have a lot of stops: Air Force Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, all those sites are open," said Morrison.

He calls it a trip all veterans should experience--one that honors them for serving our country.

"It's patriotism that you see. You see that they are proud of our country and what we have done. Only people who have sacrificed for our country would understand, " said Morrison.

Today Morrison wasn't even surprised when a separate honor flight visited the closed World War II Memorial and broke down the barricades to get in.

"It'd be awfully hard to arrest a World War II vet," said Morrison.

He said even if they aren't able to break the barricades on Thursday, they do have a backup plan.

"The trip is going to happen regardless and we have enough people in place to have a Plan B and a Plan C.  Their military people, as well as, civilians that are arranging for us to do things there anyway," said Morrison.