Vets Protest Closure of War Memorials (photos)

Jeff Malet

Thousands of protesters descended on Washington, D.C., Oct. 13 to protest the closure of national war memorials as a result of the government shutdown. The target of their ire was President Barack Obama. Called “The Million Vets March,” the group included former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, “birther” Orly Taitz and “Mall lawnmower man” Chris Cox — and was joined by a group of truckers staging its own protest against the government.

The protests coincided with a visit of World War II veterans from Washington State as part of the Puget Sound Honor Flight, including 96-year-old Marilouise Kelly, who served five years as a nurse near London, England. These vets were met by their congressman, Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization, created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices by transporting these heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials.

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