Veterans from across the nation will come to Washington, D.C. on Sunday to march at the World War II Memorial as part of the "Million Vet March on the Memorials" to protest the "anti-American" barricades the Obama administration set up as part of the federal government shutdown last week.
"Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis. We feel that this should never be the case. This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes," the organizers wrote on a website dedicated to the march on October 13. "We will not stand by and let the U.S. government dishonor the legacy of sacrifice of the generations before us. It is time to make a stand! We hope that you will join us in our peaceful protest against anti-American policies."
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) will be speaking at the march, which is being sponsored by Special Operations Speaks, a group of veterans that is fiercely holding the Obama administration accountable for the Benghazi scandal and demanding that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) form a Select Committee to investigate the matter.
"We are all military brats, current and former military spouses and some veterans. We cannot express how utterly disappointed we were that our Greatest Generation were being used as political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget crisis," the organizers wrote. "This should never be the case. We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever.