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East Texas vets experience memorial built in their honor

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Friday was the second day that a group of 30 East Texas World War II veterans were in Washington D.C. for the Brookshire's Heroes Flight. On this day, they were able to see the memorial built in their honor. Although it's technically closed because of the government shutdown, nothing, not even bad weather, could stop them.

This was the moment the men have been waiting for. And thankfully, unlike some of their comrades from other states, there was no political drama, no pushback from barricades or park rangers.

And as the rain intensified, so did the applause. Strangers, standing in the pouring rain, cheered on 30 men who had protected their parents and grandparents. These same men, now protected by umbrellas and ponchos, smiled through it all. The moment, while precious, was short, and the veterans quickly made their way back to shelter. Congressman Louie Gohmert was there again, to meet them as they left, thankful that this time, there was no attempt to keep them from the grounds.

Only afterward, out of the storm, the men really had a chance to stop and think about this memorial and all that comes with it.

Powerful memories, not lost on these Americans, thankful just to be there to make a new memory. With the heroes in Washington D.C.

The veterans were hosted for dinner at the local Knights of Columbus Hall Friday. Saturday, if the weather permits, they'll try to see more outdoor memorials.

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