(KCEN) -- A few World War II vets refused to let the government stop them from visiting the monument built in their honor.
On Tuesday morning, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight pushed past the barricades surrounding the monument.
Many of them said they didn't know if they would ever have the opportunity to visit the memorial again.
Several congressmen from across the nation greeted the veterans.
They said they disagreed with the closing of the open air monument.
"Well, I was here about 10 years ago and it all wasn't really finished then and I thought I'd see it again. They invited me to go, and I said I'm going," said veteran John Palser.
Many of the 91 vets in attendance said this may be the last time they will see the memorial.
The group ranges in age from 84 to 98 years old.