The Million Vet March took place Monday in Washington D.C. as thousands of protesters let it be known they weren't standing for the closures of national war memorials because of the government shutdown. ABC News reports Oct. 13 that protesters of the Million Vet March broke through barricades at the World War II memorial. The memorial has been closed since Oct. 1.
The Million Vet March focused a lot of priority at the World War II memorial on the National Mall, but the cause is widespread throughout the country at local memorials Monday.
Million Vet March protesters chanted "Tear down these walls," and they sang songs like "God Bless America."
Those participating in this event believe military personnel should be recognized for the sacrifices they've made in history for the U.S. To close the memorials is a shame and not be something withheld from the public despite the aggravating government shutdown.
Political figures, such as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Alaskan Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, were also present at the Million Vet March.
"Let me ask a simple question," Cruz told the crowd. "Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?"
March organizers reportedly wanted to keep partisan politics out of the rally. The organizers' Facebook page made it clear that voters responsible for putting elected officials in Washington were to blame for the government shutdown.
"We, as Americans, voted everyone of our elected officials into office. We are ALL responsible for this mess," the statement said. "It is up to us, as Americans to correct this mess."
The government shutdown is certainly angering millions of Americans as the things they care most about are being impacted by the unfortunate ruckus in Washington. Will the Million Vet March make a real difference?