Occupy DC: Vets Continue Shutdown Protests
WWII Memorial protest now in day 2, more being considered
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
World War II Veteran George Bloss, from Gulfport, Miss., looks out over the National World War II Memorial in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Well if America's youth won't protest the government shutdown, it looks like America's veterans will. After a group of vets stormed the barricades of DC's WWII memorial yesterday, more protests are in the works, reports Buzzfeed. More veterans groups will arrive at the memorial today, while others are considering similar action across the capital. "We are thinking about jumping the Lincoln memorial, too," says a Marine vet who participated in yesterday's civil disobedience. "If Lincoln was a war memorial I would do it in a heartbeat."

Lawmakers are also expected to make an appearance at the memorial today. Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Mark Kirk are both planning on attending with veterans' delegations from their respective states, and other politicians have also been tweeting their intention to join in, reports the Wall Street Journal. A Stars and Stripes reporter tweeting live from the scene reports that the veterans have now started "flowing" into the memorial, with flag-waving supporters "lining the entrance."

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Coolface
Oct 2, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
The greatest generation faces every other lost generation. This country could learn a thing or two from what they've endured and fought for.
TheJman
Oct 2, 2013 1:44 PM CDT
They should storm the White House and take our country back from Obama and the socialist pigs! They represent the freedoms we've had for the last 65 years!
rambunkshucks
Oct 2, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
Somebody gets off their duff and tries, and commenters here suddenly forget that if this was just a plan, and not actual action, the advice pouring out from here would be "hey, ass wipes, give it up, you really think you can hope to make a difference!" ANYbody trying is better than what I am sitting around not doing! I hope only that more and more will be better than I am and "take to the streets" in red, white and blue tradition! I have the time; I know how to chant and raise my hands; and I have precious little to lose. Just wish a more energetic, organized soul will grab me by my belt strap and drag me along. Next stop? The sky is the limit: Pervert Act? Office of Douchebag Security? Reaffirmation of constitution? Public readings of the Unanimous Declaration of '76?