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More World War II vets planning to storm memorial barricades

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Arguably the most dramatic scene from the partial government shutdown on Tuesday was the group of "Honor Flight" veterans breaching the barriers to visit the national World War II memorial.

Two more groups of veterans are already planning to follow their comrades through the breach.

According to an Honor Flight volunteer, two groups of World War II veterans from Missouri and Kansas will arrive Wednesday morning to visit the memorial.

The Blaze reports that about 12 members of Congress plan to join them.

That is not all. There are over 35,000 veterans scheduled to visit the memorial during the month of October, more than 900 in the next five days alone.

Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio has a trip scheduled to depart from Toledo on Oct. 9, according to local reports.

According to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio President Lee Armstrong, a national park official threatened to arrest the group if they breached the gates.

"I said, are you kidding me? You're going to arrest a 90/91-year-old veteran from seeing his memorial? If it wasn't for them it wouldn't be there. She said, 'That's correct sir,' " Armstrong said.

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