Apparently, watching members of the Greatest Generation getting manhandled while they tried to visit the war memorial that was built to honor them and the friends they lost during WWII, was just too much for some members of our veteran’s community. A group calling itself the “Million Vet March On The Memorials” is planning a march on Washington, D.C. to take place on October 13, 2013 at 9:00 am.
The following comes from their website.
“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. 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. The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice.
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. In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th! Our veterans deserve that!
Many in our group have decided that enough is enough. We are Americans. We are proud of our heritage and our service. As all of us were military brats and spouses, we have served in some form or another our entire lives. This is our way of life. 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 rally against anti-American policies. It doesn’t take anything other that!”
Not only do they have a website, but they also have a Facebook page that has exploded in popularity. They started the Facebook page back on October 4th, and they’ve already accumulated over 20,000 fans in just three short days.
If you want to help out our vets, go and sign the Million Vet March petition which is asking that the memorials to our veterans be reopened.