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DC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII Memorial

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Emotions were running high as the nation headed into week three of the government shutdown.

Groups of U.S. Military Veterans headed into DC Sunday for the "Million Vet March." Organizers are protesting the effects of the shutdown and looming budget crisis on veterans and current military personnel.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas helped kick off a rally near the W.W.II Memorial.

Shortly after, protesters took down the metal barriers erected as a result of the shutdown, and entered the memorial.

The crowd then marched to the Lincoln Memorial. Many of them carried barriers from the memorials on to the White House, where demonstrators stood on top of them at the White House fence.

U.S. Capitol Police, Secret Service and MPD were on hand, some officers wearing partial riot gear.

There were some tense moments as police retrieved the pieces of barrier from the crowd. Several protesters had their hands and arms linked around the White House fence. Officers successfully removed those people, although it did not appear that anyone was taken into custody.

At the W.W.II Memorial, a man was arrested for carrying a bag containing at least one firearm.

A witness says the man was standing in line to speak with Republican Representative, David G. Reichert, of Washington. No word yet on why he was carrying a weapon.

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