The government shutdown has national parks and monuments across the country closed to visitors; however, it seems the gates are open to veterans.
One group of World War II veterans from the Roanoke and Bedford area is taking advantage of that and is joining a group of other vets on a trip to the WWII memorial in D.C.
They are on a bus that started its trip from Tennessee.
Each veteran has a "guardian," who is a volunteer to help them during the trip.
They'll all spend the day Saturday in D.C., and come back Sunday.
For some veterans, the gift was a surprise to them.
"Somebody put my name in the pot to be taken up there," says John Kessler. "I don't know who that was, but I'm glad to go with them."