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Visitors return as USS Arizona Memorial reopens after shutdown

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Visitors started lining up outside the Arizona Memorial early Friday morning, well before the monument was scheduled to reopen again after 16 days of closures related to the shutdown of the federal government. 

Thirty-five furloughed workers were back to work at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument visitors center on Thursday, getting the memorial and everything that goes with it ready to reopen at 7:00 a.m.

"We are so relieved and so happy to be welcoming people back," said Eileen Martinez, who works at the memorial. "It was a tough two and a half weeks for all of us, for our community, our visitors and we're just joyful to be able to open the doors tomorrow morning."

Witnesses at the memorial early Friday morning reported that some visitors gathered more than an hour before the monument was scheduled to reopen.

Tune in to Hawaii News Now tonight for more on the reopening.

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