This week WWII veterans, treasured but increasingly scarce testaments to the time, were among the casualties caught up in the federal government shutdown.
When scores of the Great War survivors descended on the memorial that bears the name of the conflict in which they so courageously fought, they found that it was closed, barricaded from public access.
There's something truly un-American about keeping these national treasures away. Fortunately, a few lawmakers defied the signs on the barricades and allowed the vets to personally tour the memorial.
CBN News was there and captured the moment they opened the gates. What a privilege it was to meet so many heroes and thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Watch John Jessup's interview with WWII Veteran Eugene Morgan