COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- The government shutdown has led to the closing of national monuments, including the WWII memorial, but some exceptions are being made for certain visitors -- like the veterans who make the long journey to see the site.
"I was willing to get arrested because I feel that strongly about it," said Greg Furlong, Chairman of the Leatherstocking Honor Flight organization.
Furlong wasn't going to let any government bickering get in the way of the 30 veterans set to fly down to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial.
"To have the rug pulled out from under us would've been devastating," he said.
Wednesday afternoon, the Honor Flight team got together to come up with a contingency plan.
"We need to talk about what will happen if something were to come up and we need to be prepared," said Veterans Coordinator, Liz Reinhart.
But now it looks like the Honor Flight veterans will be allowed in.
"This is their last shot to see it. If we don't get them there this trip, they aren't going to get there," said Furlong. "That would be a shame and it would all be due to political infighting."
The group has been organizing Honor Flights for years now and they say the joy it brings the men is indescribable.
"These guys earned this, it is not a privilege. They paid for that memorial with their blood sweat and sacrifice."
The veterans are set to leave on October 19th.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Union hockey player Shayne Gostisbehere made his professional hockey debut at the Adirondack Phantoms game Friday night. Gostisbehere hit the ice for the first time all season withoutMore >>
Union hockey player Shayne Gostisbehere made his professional hockey debut at the Adirondack Phantoms game Friday night.More >>
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Adirondack Phantoms played their last ever home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday night. The Phantoms sold out the arena for the fifth time this season. For many, itMore >>
The Adirondack Phantoms played their last ever home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday night.More >>
SARATOGA COUNTY – The Saratoga County Sheriff has confirmed a single car accident in the area that left no survivors. He says the vehicle hit a tree, but will not confirm at this time how many peopleMore >>
A fatal single car accident in the area Burgoyne Road between Hayes Road and DeGarmo Road is under investigation. More >>
CHESTERTOWN, N.Y. – A Brant Lake teen is under arrest after police say he impersonated an officer. The Warren County Sheriff's Office arrested Tyler Eves, 18, for Criminal Impersonation. On April 12,More >>
A Brant Lake teen is under arrest after police say he impersonated an officer.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Police Department is currently investigating a shooting. Officers responded to a report of an assault around 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Garden Street and Raymo Street.More >>
The Albany Police Department is currently investigating a shooting.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – Officials say Jesse Sawyer Jr. is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday in Albany. Sawyer, 25, has been in police custody in Florida since the end of March. The Troy man is accusedMore >>
Jesse Sawyer Jr. appeared in federal court on Friday in Albany. More >>
HUDSON, N.Y.—State Police arrested a Youth Safe Center employee after an investigation that took place in March. Sheldon Ridley, 32, of Hudson had allegedly been sexually abusing a female resident at theMore >>
State Police arrested a Youth Safe Center employee after an investigation that took place in March.More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—The search for a missing woman with symptoms of dementia has come to an end after police confirm she has been located. Wilma Trotter, 60, was missing for over a week before she was located.More >>
The search for a missing woman with symptoms of dementia has come to an end after police confirm she has been found alive. More >>
ALBANY, N.Y.—Two Albany men were arrested on counterfeiting charges after a seven month long investigation. During a traffic stop on Wednesday, April 16, investigators were conducting surveillance on twoMore >>
Two Albany men were arrested on counterfeiting charges after a seven month long investigation.More >>