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Oregon veterans board Honor Flight bound for Washington, DC

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

More than 50 local veterans on an Honor Flight to visit Washington, DC will be able to visit the WWII Memorial this weekend, according to the nonprofit organization that organizes the flights.

The trip was briefly in jeopardy when national park employees were furloughed as part of the government shutdown.

While members of the public will be turned away, veterans will still have access to the site. Nearly 1,000 veterans from across the country are expected to fly to Washington, DC this week as part of the Honor Flight program.

"They don't owe me anything," said World War II veteran Wes Whiting as he was boarding the plane. "We came back from the war and didn't ask for anything, but it's beautiful recognition."

The Oregon veterans are scheduled to return Sunday morning.

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