Mike Kelley, a Vietnam veteran, plans to participate in the One Million Vet March on the Memorials this weekend in Washington, D.C.
Kelley said the closure of the WWII memorial spurred him to join the march, when he learned about the call for action through Facebook posts.
“I saw WWII veterans not being able to get in their memorial,” Kelley said. “I got angry and frustrated and said, I’m going.”
Laura Oostdyk is making the five-hour drive for Sunday’s Million Vet March with her husband Paul.
“I am a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1990, and a Hopatcong resident,” she said.
“I’m not a political person, but I’m disgusted about the government shutdown and how we Americans are the ones being hurt by all of this,” she said.
“There are honor flights of WWII vets being flown [and] bussed into DC to the WWII Memorial only to be told they can’t go in. Since the shutdown, there have been many people at the memorial helping these 80-90 year old vets to get through the barricades.”
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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.