Leading the protest were Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former governor Sarah Palin.
Their chant consisted of, “President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the shutdown.” The crowd also shouted, Tear down these walls," the famous line Ronald Reagan concerning the Berlin Wall and sang "God bless America."
The march came days after the president had approved a demonstration on the national mall for illegal aliens.
The memorial is “ground zero” for symbolism in this fight between Republicans and Democrats. Previous demonstrations focused on allowing access to World War II veterans visiting from across the country with the Honor Flight Network.
Sunday's rally was far more bitter and political. Truckers in mass converged with the crowd that called themselves, “The Million Vet March at the World War II Memorial.”
One protester, Jeff Thompkins of New York, told WRC-TV, "Our constitutional rights are being taken away. People made the ultimate sacrifice, and they should be open to the public, open to everyone to come down here and see this. This is ridiculous. This is not just and not fair. It's just not fair."
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