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Veterans gather to take part in 'Million Vet March'

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Veterans gathered nationwide to take part in the 'Million Vet March.'

And in Washington DC, they didn't let the government shutdown keep them from the World War II Memorial that is officially closed.

There was a similar scene at the Lincoln Memorial as well.

As the crowds started to swell at the World War Two Memorial Sunday morning, protesters took down the metal barricades that surrounded the entire memorial and they laid them on this nearby grass, allowing hundreds of veterans and others to stream into the World War II memorial that is officially closed while the government is shut down.

"These are open air memorials" said one protestor, "very little cost if any to our federal government. And these are for our honored war dead and we're just not going to stand by and let this happen."

From there, protesters marched up 17th street to the White House to continue very loudly expressing their disgust with the way the federal government has treated veterans during the shutdown.

A 91-year-old World War Two veteran spoke about what today's turnout meant to him.  "It means a lot" said the veteran. "It's very exciting, and I appreciate it. It's worth every bit of time I spend. Dear friends are all around here."

As the rally was winding down later in the day, an honor flight full of World War II veterans arrived.

And even though the monument is officially closed, a park ranger stood and shook every veterans' hand and said welcome to your memorial.


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