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'Million Vet March' Set for Sunday in DC To Protest Shutdown

Friday, 11 Oct 2013 09:45 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Following in the footsteps of the "Million Muslim March," and the "2 Million Bikers to D.C." rally, the "Million Vet March" is planning to converge on the nation's capital Sunday to protest the government shutdown that closed down the World War II memorial earlier this week.

The group, comprised of military veterans and their family members, are planning a peaceful rally at D.C.'s WWII memorial Sunday. The site was sealed off earlier this week after the government shutdown closed all national parks. It was later reopened after furious complaints, but the Million Vet March protestors said they are still going to rally.

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"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 group's organizers wrote on their website Friday. "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!"

These "million"-themed protests have been popping up since last month, when a group called the "Million Muslim March" gathered in D.C. on Sept. 11 to stand up against what they called a culture of anti-Islam in the U.S.

The "2 Million Bikers to D.C." rally was meant as a rebuttal to the "Million Muslim March" and drew an estimated 880,000 bikers from across the country.

Veterans aren’t the only ones planning to descend on D.C. this weekend. Another demonstration group, "Truckers for the Constitution," is reportedly planning to clog up the Capital Beltway in a major traffic jam to protest everything from gas prices and low wages to the shutdown and the debt ceiling.

A trucker who claimed to be one of the group's organizers gave a colorful interview earlier this week to U.S. News & World Report and said members of the protest would also arrest "everyone in government who has violated their oath of office."

That man later said he just made those comments to "stir the feather of the mainstream media."

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