Veterans from every branch of the military have a message for our government. The message will be delivered in person at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Washington, D.C. and at war memorials all across the nation.
The Million Vet March on the Memorials is a grassroots movement started by five military brats, a term used to describe children of military members, to honor the nation's veterans.
Since the movement started in early October, veterans, spouses, children and military supporters across the country have pledged their support.
The government shutdown affected millions of veterans who were shut out of the war memorials dedicated to them and their fellow veterans.
The Million Vet March on the Memorials will hold peaceful rallies at the World War II Memorial in Washington and at war memorials across the United States, all scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The purpose of the Million Vet March on the Memorials is to make a statement to our country's leadership that it is unacceptable to close war memorials to the veterans whose blood, sweat and tears paid the price of freedom around the globe.
For those unable to be in Washington, there will be groups at local war memorials across the country. At the link above, find the closest memorial to your location and join with veterans, their families and supporters on Sunday morning.
In Virginia, veterans and their supporters will meet at Lynchburg's Monument Terrace at the intersection of Ninth and Church Streets and in Richmond at the Virginia War Memorial at 621 S. Belvedere Street.
As the daughter of a veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, I will stand with local veterans and supporters at Monument Terrace.
Both of the sites of rallies in Virginia remain open, unaffected by the government shutdown. However, the purpose of offering local memorial sites is to allow more people to participate in the rallies.
All war memorials belong to the veterans who served in the wars and to the American public, not to the lawmakers who closed them during the government shutdown.
The Greatest Generation is the term earned by the veterans of World War II. These brave warriors should never be denied access to their World War II Memorial nor to any war memorial.
Please join the Million Vet March on the Memorials to show your support for the veterans who never let you down. You can also show your support by signing the online petition to never allow war memorials to be closed again.