The Million Vet March on the Memorials drew a large crowd at the World War II Memorial. Among the crowd were former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee.
Smaller crowds gathered in communities across America in support of the grassroots movement begun by a small group of veterans and their families to reopen the memorials closed with the government shutdown.
Many parents used this as a teachable moment to show their children how a small, well-organized group of people can send a powerful message.
The message rang out loud and clear. The American people support our veterans, whose sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears are the reason for the memorials.
With time running out for aging World War II veterans, many Americans feel it is wrong to close the memorials honoring the service of America's veterans.
At the World War II Memorial, the crowd took down the barricades which had been placed around the open-air memorial and carried them to the gate surrounding the White House as a message to the government.
At local gatherings, proud veterans wore hats. t-shirts and jackets showing their involvement in the military. The American flag was displayed and patriotic songs were sung by the crowds.
In Lynchburg, Va., the Million Vet March on the Memorials rally was held at Monument Terrace, the site where a 'Support Our Troops' rally has been held every Friday since Nov. 30, 2011.
Although the event in Lynchburg was publicized only on Facebook over the past couple of days, about 40 people showed up on a rainy Sunday morning in support of our veterans.
Many of the veterans who were present on Sunday morning attend the weekly Support Our Troops rallies. Opening remarks were given by retired Marine Steve Bozeman.
Small groups of veterans and supporters chatted about current events and past history, making new friends and enjoying time with old friends.
The crowd saluted the American flag as the National Anthem was played, followed by a prayer for our troops and the nation to end the rally.
Many who drove past Sunday's rally in Lynchburg honked their car horns or shouted out positive messages in support of the veterans.
At the Million Vet March on the Memorials Facebook page, you will find photographs taken at rally sites across the country.
This national show of support for our country's veterans was heartwarming for patriots of all ages.