WASHINGTON - Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Saturday greeted about 50 World War II veterans from Oregon who had traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of an "Honor Flight" to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
Although the open-air memorial has been closed by the Obama administration during the government shutdown, the National Park Police allowed the veterans and their families to enter the Memorial.
Walden's Oregon colleague, Rep. Peter DeFazio, was also on hand to greet the veterans and present them with American flags flown over the Capitol.
"Each of these men and women who served is a hero, and it is always a pleasure to welcome members of the "Greatest Generation" to the nation's capital," Walden said.
Earlier this week, Walden supported the "Open Our Nation's Parks and Museums Act," which passed the House with strong bipartisan support. The bill would provide funding to all of our national parks and museums, from the World War II Memorial to Crater Lake.
He also supported bills passed by the House this week to provide funding for veterans' programs, pay our Guard and Reserve troops, and continue lifesaving research at the National Institute of Health.
All passed the House with strong bipartisan support, Walden's office said, and are being held up in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The House also passed a bill to pay our military during the government shutdown. That measure was approved by the Senate and signed by the president this week. For more information on these plans Speaker Boehner's office, please click here: http://www.speaker.gov/senatemustact.