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WWII vets ready to storm D.C.

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It will take more than a government shutdown to keep Central Texas World War II vets from seeing their memorial.

Nearly three dozen of the local heroes arrived in D.C. Friday night with Honor Flight.

They have been told they will be arrested if they don't abide by strict park rules. They head to the memorial Saturday.

The site brought travelers at Austin Bergstrom International Airport to their feet Friday morning.

Some moved to tears as 34 World War II veterans, the greatest generation, made their way to the gate for Washington D.C. It's a thanks the vets say they never got and they appreciated it.

"I couldn't believe coming through the airport and there were all these people clapping," said WWII vet Ted Wichrowski.

"It brings tears to your eyes. And it's so nice people appreciate the world. You feel wonderful," said WWII vet Bob Kelety.

Then, it was wheels up with a water cannon salute. Once inside Reagan International Airport in Virginia, the applause came again. People cheered until the vets made it all the way out of the building.

"It's amazing," said Richard Baker.

The purpose of this trip is for the heroes to see the World War II Memorial in their honor. The non-profit honor flight takes vets there for free. This is the 10th trip. They hope things go smoothly.

It's unknown what Saturday will bring. Gates are still up around the memorial because of the shutdown. If there's trouble Senator John Cornyn is expected to be there to help vets get through, but they tell us they aren't fazed.

"If they don't have the gates moved. We'll move them," said Wichrowski.

"We're gonna tear them all down," said Kelety. "We're from Texas!"

Whatever happens FOX 7 will be there.

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