I joined a group of bikers for a ride to the closed WWII Memorial this afternoon. The goal of the group was not to disrupt anything, but to assist in ensuring none of the Honor Flights were turned away. When we arrived, it was clear the memorial was still closed but that soon changed when the Park Police, who were thoroughly professional and polite, allowed us access. We quickly met up with several older Veterans around the memorial and were honored to shake their hands and thank them for their service.
Below is WWII Veteran "Bob" who turned 88 years old today. He was the center of attention and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it, as he rightly deserves!!!!
This is indicative of the day.
Bob was kind enough to pose for a portrait for me.
Shortly after we entered the Memorial, a lot of the tourists in the area followed suit. There were more people here today than I see on most visits!!
It was great to see so many of the older Vets visiting their memorial.
This guy posed for a shot also.
The news took note of what was going on and several camera crews and reporters arrived to conduct interviews.
In the end, NO Vets were denied access to the Memorial........