Northeastern Wisconsin veterans are still going to Washington next week to see the war memorials, despite the federal government shutdown.
Organizers have adjusted the Oct. 17 itinerary for the honor flight based on which memorials are closed, Post-Crescent Media reported.
One of the organizers, Diane MacDonald, says they won't be able to go to the Iwo Jima Memorial or the Vietnam Wall.
MacDonald estimates organizers have spent 100 hours figuring out how to plan around locked-up restrooms and closed museums, where the veterans would normally seek shelter in case of bad weather.
"We don't want any surprises," she said. "I'm relieved the government has said we can go see the memorials, but there's another side to that, and that's figuring out the logistics."
Since 2009, Old Glory Honor Flight has organized trips for nearly 1,700 veterans visit Washington, D.C., and Honolulu to see the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the USS Arizona Memorial and others dedicated to veterans.
Initially, all the Washington monuments were closed Oct. 1. But after two days of veterans storming the barriers, the National Park Service stopped barring visitors.
At least a dozen of the 85 veterans have contacted the organization with concerns about how the government shutdown would affect their trip, MacDonald said.
"There has been some anxiety, absolutely," she said. "We've received phone calls, emails, messages through our Facebook page. They are worried about it."