Kern County Veterans Services reacts to WWII memorial closure

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Honor Flight veterans conquered two barricades in two days this week at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

For some Honor Flight veteran the trip to Washington could be their last.

“These World War II vets are dying at increasingly rapid rates. We're losing anywhere from 600 to 800 nationally every day. They're in their 80s, 90s and over 100 years old and it's important for them to see the memorials that were built for them by the American people to recognize sacrifices they made to provide the freedom we enjoy today,” said Dick Taylor, Director for Kern County Veterans Services.

Monday's government shutdown forced the National Park Service to close the World War II memorial, but that didn’t stop some veterans from passing through and Taylor told 23ABC he suspects Kern County veterans would react the same way.

"Knowing the men and women as I do now that went on this last flight, had the same thing happened while they were there I suspect they would have gone right through the barricades. I mean they did a lot more difficult things when served in the military than that,” said Taylor.

Taylor also said there will be one more Honor Flight before winter and the board is closely watching Washington and waiting to see what will happen.

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