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On May 29, tens of thousands of veterans and their families are expected to pack the Mall for the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. But one section might not be so crowded: More than a thousand tickets are reserved for members of Congress and their families, but only a fraction are expected to use them. Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Texas), who, like many of his colleagues, plans to skip the festivities in favor of some Memorial Day weekend politicking in his district, wanted to give his tickets to a 90-year-old vet. A Marshall, Texas, resident, the vet couldn’t get tickets otherwise, says Lesley Lockhart, Sandlin’s legislative assistant. But the memorial commission frowned on Sandlin’s gesture. “[The tickets] are intended for Congress; we don’t want friends or nephews sitting there,” says Betsy Glick, the commission’s communications director. The vet may end up marooned at one of the remote nonticketed-viewing sites, though Sandlin’s office hopes to secure tickets from another savior: corporate donor Harley-Davidson. —Mike DeBonis