The Washington Times
Hundreds of veterans and their supporters rallied at the World War II Memorial on Sunday, but what started as a demand to reopen the national war memorials for aging veterans quickly dissipated into smaller marches and demonstrations for a variety of grievances.
"There's a three-part focus: veterans, impeachment and the truckers," said Michael Burke, a Baltimore-area resident who attended Sunday's rally on behalf of Gun Rights Across America. "We're here in part to reach out to Congress and show they this political pandering is toying with the public."
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (TP) were among those who attended the demonstration.
Sunday's rally kicked off at about 9am, with hundreds of people gathering at the eastern entrance of the World War II Memorial under a gray sky. The memorial has become an unlikely rallying point for people frustrated at the government, the catalyst being when a group of war veterans moved barricades aside to visit the memorial in the opening days of the federal government shutdown.
Some demonstrators chanted and sang patriotic songs, while others removed bicycle racks that were serving as barriers near the Lincoln Memorial and pledged to carry them to the White House.
About 200 people gathered in Lafayette Park outside the White House, although it wasn't clear how many of them were participating in the protest. Some held American flags and others held "Don't Tread on Me" flags and signs that said "Impeach Obama" and "Respect our vets."
A contingent of US Park Police and other officers stood in front of a barrier of bicycle racks between the crowds and the White House gate.
On Friday, a couple dozen truck drivers from across the country drove around the Beltway in what they called the "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" to protest their displeasure with the federal government shutdown, entering its third week. The event fell far short of the thousands of participants organizers had promised.
As he shook hands with passersby, Howard County resident and World War II veteran Mike Lauriente, 91, said when he first heard about the park closure, "I thought it was a disgrace. This is so important and it's disgraceful they closed a park like this," he said. "Congressmen have a gym open, but a memorial like this is closed."
Tom Tozzini, 69, also of Howard County and a Navy veteran, said he had hoped for more people to attend the rally.
"It's not the size I wanted it I be, but I think we made enough noise to be noticed."
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Editor's Note: What should have been a rally for a singular purpose - the WWII Memorial issue - fragmented into a plethora of grievances. Conservatives need to learn to dispense with disjointedness and collect to form a more cohesive front. If they do not, they will miss the call to action, all because everyone wanted to be a "chief" and no one wanted to be an "Indian."
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