Veterans March On Washington; Protest In Front Of White House

dc protestWASHINGTON D.C. (FOX NEWS)- Veterans marched on Sunday in Washington in protest of the partial government shutdown that has kept them and other Americans from visiting war memorials across the country, with support from several star conservatives.

“This is the people’s memorial,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a crowd of several hundred gathered near the WWII Memorial on the closed National Mall, which has become a national symbol of the shutdown and the country’s response. “Simple question: Why is the federal government spending money to keep veterans out of the memorial? Why did they spend money to keep people out of Mount Vernon, Mount Rushmore? Our veterans should be above political games.”

Veterans, including many in wheelchairs, were allowed inside the memorial at about midday as others took the protest to the edge of the White House South Lawn.

“Today somebody’s wife [or] husband is dead in Afghanistan. Is somebody going to pay her husband [or] his wife or their children?” one protester shouted at the White House, referring to the partial shutdown cutting off benefits for the survivors of military personnel.

Cruz was joined by former 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, on a gray, rainy day in the nation’s capital.

“Veterans have proven they are not timid and we will not be timid and calling out any that use military as pawns,” Palin told the crowd assembled at the Million Vet March on Memorials. “We can only be America, home of the free, if we are America, home of the brave.”

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7 comments

  • Frank

    It's about freak'n time! Politicians especially Obama has forgotten that the MILITARY AND ONLY THE MILITARY can take credit for the FREEDOM that this Great Country has enjoyed since its founding. And that same Military are made up of NOT OBAMA and his phony crony's, But it is made of AMERICAN CITIZENS. The idiots in Washington have forgotten whose Country this is. Sacramento look out, American's, Yes Americans like in, "WE THE PEOPLE"! The American CITIZENS have had enough. I know I have. I am sick of Obama, Obamacare, Illegal Aliens and their protesting, High Gas Prices, Atempts at removing GOD from everything. I am sick of the SO CALLED Media, Which has turned into a load of CRAP! There I said it. If you don't like my post, UNFRIEND ME and apply for foodstamps or better yet, KMA! Semper Fi

    • Hawk fan

      Let me guess, they had a peaceful, pre-organized march, and didn't tear down barriers put up by parks department employees? Tea-baggers show up and behave like the uneducated morons they are – you're comparing apples to oranges, or respectful well-behaved people to idiots.

  • Hawk fan

    Crazy tea-baggers! You guys make Boehner kiss your butt and shut the government down and then complain about the inconvenience of not having the memorials open. Idiots!