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TN veterans to take Honor Flight to Washington despite shutdown

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The government shutdown has been a disappointment for many Americans but perhaps even more so for World War II veterans planning the trip of their lifetime.

However, the political battle won't be enough to stop a group of local heroes from going to Washington.

A Southern Middle Tennessee Honor Flight is leaving Nashville as scheduled on Oct. 12, bound for the nation's capital with 50 WWII and Korean War veterans onboard.

"It's a very emotional trip for all of them. We go to all of the memorials. We typically also stop at the Marine Corps memorial, the Air Force memorial and the Vietnam Wall if we have time," said honor flight chairman Claude Morse.

It will be a long day for the veterans, but hopes are already high and supporters have chipped in $16,000 for this trip. The Southern Middle Tennessee Honor Flight is refusing cancel and has even used some political pull of its own.

"Congressmen Scott DesJarlais, Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn, if need be, they will be there to move the barricades so this group can get in to see their memorial," Morse said.

The trip can't be put off, according to Morse, because the veterans are aging and fewer in numbers. If nothing else, he said, the time on the flight alone can give them a chance to relive their glory days.

"They'll talk about shared experiences. In some cases, you'll have veterans who don't even know each other, because they may be from the Kentucky line all the way down to the Georgia line, and they may find that they served in similar units," Morse said.

Honor flights leave the Midstate twice a year, and there will be another flight in May 2014.

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