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Gohmert shocked WWII memorial closed again on day 2 of shutdown

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A veteran looks at a park closure sign in Washington, D.C. A veteran looks at a park closure sign in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON D.C. (KLTV) -

An East Texas congressman is back at the National World War II Memorial for day two of the government shutdown.

Texas Representative Louie Gohmert answered the call from World War II veterans in Washington D.C. who were attempting to visit the memorial.

Tuesday, veterans were greeted by barricades and signs telling them their memorial was closed. On Wednesday, veterans returned to the "closed" memorial. Many veterans were on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the capitol. Those trips were almost ruined by the government shutdown.

"We were worried, yeah. I tell all of my friends back home that we came up here to D.C. to get the government straightened out," one veteran told CNN.

Congressman Louie Gohmert and his colleagues helped open the gates Tuesday and they continued to do so Wednesday.

"For the second day in a row, we got the message that there would be World War II veterans out here," says Gohmert.

In a video message, Gohmert says the memorial was closed again Tuesday night after he and fellow congressmen had opened the gates for veterans.

"They spent more money last night to bring the barricades and close them back. It was an honor again to shake each World War II Veteran's hand, welcome them into their memorial and to see them proceed around the granite sidewalks that ought to be open 24/7," says Gohmert.

Gohmert says he greeted some veterans who had grins and others who had tears--- a true honor standing up for the heroes that have stood up for our country.

Our own East Texas veterans will be taking a special trip, sponsored by Brookshires Grocery Company, to the nation's capitol next week. Congressman Gohmert says, if the shutdown is still in effect, he'll make sure our local veterans gain access to their World War II Memorial.

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