Hundreds of people were waiting at Chicago's Midway Airport when 90 World War II veterans returned from a visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington.
The Illinois veterans made the trip Wednesday with Honor Flight Chicago despite the shutdown of the federal government, which caused the closing of hundreds of National Park Service sites.
It was initially feared the veterans, many in their 90s, wouldn't be allowed to view the memorial. However, that wasn't the case. Only a banner stood in their way.
Veteran Gerry Goldman said he and the others did what they always do in a war, "move it aside."
The veterans left Chicago early and returned to Midway around 9 p.m. as hundreds cheered as some walked and others rode in wheelchairs into the terminal.
Central Missouri Honor Flights also still plan to visit D.C. despite the shutdown.
Organizers say 70 veterans will leave for our nation's capital on October 15th to see war memorials.
An Honor Flight includes a tour of the World War 2, Korean War and Vietnam Memorials, Marine Corps and Air Force Memorials, and Arlington National Cemetery.
Another flight is scheduled for November 5th.
Kristen Aguirre contributed to this AP story.