Washington, DC -

Two 90-year-old World War II veterans from Montana defied a barrier that closed the Lincoln Memorial and climbed the stairs to see the marble statue.

A.L. Frederick of Billings, who was named after the 16th president, told The Billings Gazette on Sunday he was honored to walk up to the memorial. Frederick and William Cernohlavek were assisted up the stairs by veterans of the Vietnam War and the Korean War as onlookers cheered.

The two men are among 83 veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., this weekend as part of the seventh Big Sky Honor Flight.

The veterans were able to tour the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Sunday.

They started their tour Monday at the World War II memorial, then stopped at Arlington National Cemetery.