HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- In the midst of a political tug of war that's led to a government shutdown, one image has made many people stop and pause.
A Holland native, was among the group of veterans that were nearly shut out of a World War Two memorial in Washington D.C. this week, until a group of congressman helped them through.
It was about time for his second hero's welcome at Chicago's Midway Airport, nearly 70 years after the war.
"We went through the line shaking hands and I still have a sore hands," says Tony Bouman, a World War II veteran.
Bouman was returning from Washington D.C. to remember his days as a private first class marine. He was a gunner who fought for two years off the coast of Japan, but only asked for one day to reflect on it at the U.S. Capitol.
"The World War II memorial is really what we went to see," says Bouman.
However, that day almost didn't happen for Bouman and dozens of other veterans on an Honor Flight.
"The problem was the government was shut down and we were not able to get in," says Bouman.
"This was the chance of a lifetime and to think we've done all this work and people have donated their money for him to fly , it would have been really disappointing for him to not see the memorial," says Dick Bouman, Tony's son.
It took a delegation of congressman to get the gates opened.
"Bill Huizenga, our congressman said he would go to jail to make it go open." says Bouman. "He actually pushed me around in my wheel chair so that was neat to have him there."
Back at Chicago's Midway Airport, it was a celebration of love for one's country and for those who made it great.
"It was very special, there there was no politics," says Dick Bouman.
"It was an emotional trip for me," says Tony Bouman.
A spokesman for Congressman Huizenga points out that so called "open air" memorials like the one in Washington D.C. were never closed in previous government shutdowns.