World War II Veterans go past barricades at monument again

Veterans groups vowed to continue trips through the government shutdown

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by Michele McCormack

WASHINGTON D.C.-For a second day, World War II Veterans passed through the barricades placed at their monument in Washington D.C.

The National Park Service said it would not stop veterans who are part of the honor flight pilgrimage.

One day earlier, a bus load of veterans cut the tape and opened the gates that had sealed off the perimeter of the outdoor memorial.

The barricades had been up for hours because of the government shutdown.

Once a symbol of sacrifice and honor, the monument has now become a political symbol of sorts in the bitter dispute over the budget and Obamacare.

Wisconsin native and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus went to the memorial Wednesday and said the committee would pay for private guards to keep the memorial open.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said it appeared to her that  Republican lawmakers were  grandstanding and objected to them  being at the monument Tuesday and then again on Wednesday to make sure the veterans got to see the memorial up close.