Million Vet March on the Memorials ™


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Gathering Statement

Gathering Statement

Regarding Facilities, Weather & Government Reopening

Unless otherwise noted by your individual states’ organizers, it is our intention all gatherings will be held whether rain, shine or the reopening of the Federal Government.

We would like to advise you that while the Federal Government is shut down, the visitor centers for each memorial will more than likely be closed. This means the bathroom facilities and gift shops will not be open.

Since our non-political gatherings are not sponsored, portable bathrooms may not be available. We advise you to find the closest facilities to your gathering place before you arrive. And while water fountains are open-air outside some monuments and memorials, we are unsure of the locations of the fountains for every event and whether they are accessible. Again, it is important to plan accordingly.

Lastly, cleaning crews will not be combing monument grounds before, during or after the gatherings. Please clean up your own garbage and that of any attendees who aren’t as considerate as yourself.   Bring extra trash bags if you’d like.


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Supporters, We Came To You A Week Ago

Supporters,

We came to you a week ago with a pure mission. We opened a Facebook Page and asked you to gather at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC this Sunday to peacefully object to our government closing the monuments to our Veterans.

We have been overwhelmed by your support. Our group – all either military brats, veterans or spouses of veterans – are amazed at how our numbers have climbed daily!

Our simple message – that our National Monuments and parks should always be open for Veterans, regardless of the political climate – resonated and we were encouraged to inspire others to hold gatherings at National Monuments throughout the country.

Unfortunately, an idea that started as an unbiased show of support for Veterans has now turned into something political activists are exploiting.

Building off the success we have obtained through community organization and event support, several political groups are piggy-backing off our momentum and have interjected hatred, racism and even the possibility of violence into our efforts. We have also had extremists post threats on the page.

And while we appreciate these third party sites pointing to our event page, we can’t condone their messages and believe their motives to be out of sync with ours.

We want to make it clear: Any messages you read on any website at other than our own (https://1mvetmarch.wordpress.com/) or within our Facebook page are not associated with our group or our vision for this event. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS.

In keeping with the peaceful, non-political gatherings we envisioned, we offer the following suggestions:

Attend the rally on the World War II Memorial in Washington DC beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. But please understand we do not endorse any other message than what we have outlined above and we ask you to keep the safety of yourself and those around you in mind.

Attend a locally organized event by browsing our listings across the country by state.

Organize a rally of your own at a National Monument near you.
o Create a Facebook Event to support it.
o Once you have completed the event, post it on our page and send us the link. We will add it to our list of gatherings across the country at https://1mvetmarch.wordpress.com/rally-points

We refuse to lose sight of what these gatherings are about and appreciate your help and support.

Thank you for your standing up to honor our Veterans.

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Good Morning Fellow Americans

There comes a time in every man and every woman’s life when they must act, to cast their own interests aside for the greater good.  They must stand up and say ‘NO! This behavior is not alright.

We are a group of 5 military brats that decided to take action.  We have been close friends for over a quarter of a century.  We are Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians.  We support and love our Veterans.  We all had someone that was a Veteran in our family.  Some of our families Veterans paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of others.

To deny access to Veterans or ANY American the freedom of access to the memorials so diligently earned is not only distasteful but a slap to every Veteran around the world of any country that fought for their cause of freedom.  These are solemn places of gathering for those who have lived to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.  This is in no way different than denying a family access to their child’s grave.  The actions by the U.S. government last week were despicable.  The actions cast Veterans as simple pawns in a game of political chess.  We will not stand for it.  This is why we march on Washington DC, across the United States and online on Sunday October 13th; to bring awareness to the plight of every American that wishes to remember the sacrifices so gallantly paid, unrestricted by the games that our government wishes to play.

This is why we are asking all Americans and those that support our causes in all cities across the United States to create individual events and share them with your friends, neighbors, family and fellow citizens.  Share them with us on our page, the Million Vet March Facebook Page.  Please tell us about your event!  Alert your local media, take pictures, take video, audio and share with it the rest of the world.  We will also share it on our Rally page as well.  Remember that this is a grassroots group effort and we, as all Americans, must pitch in.  If you are outside of the United States, you can also create events.  Remember these are peaceful assemblies to show remembrance to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and support those who wish to access these memorials unencumbered at any time.  Wouldn’t it be great if we had millions of Americans going to this memorial this Sunday to support this cause; and it is a cause most noble.  We are also asking that every American that supports this cause, that cannot make it to a memorial due to an infirmity, an illness or family circumstance go online to our Facebook page and share your Veteran’s story during the march.  Our goal is to have more than a million people across the United States, the world and online supporting our cause.

If you are traveling to Washington DC, we ask that you travel with strict regard to your safety.  We are working with several groups to have folks share rides.  And if you are hosting a local event, then please carpool and save fuel.   Remember we are all Americans and we should help one another through this event.

As far as the events, we ask that this not become a political protest.  Whatever your feelings about Congress or the Administration; these events are not the place and time for that.  It is to show up in support and show our government that the American people will not stand for the behavior shown to our American Veterans.  We will have our say in Congress.  We need your support to show our government that we, as Americans, support our Veterans and that we would like a bill introduced and a law passed so that this will never happen again.  If you don’t agree with our positions, then we may not be the group for you.

You can sign our online petition as well.

Our Facebook page is Million Vet March on the Memorials.  Our website address is https://1mvetmarch.wordpress.com and our Twitter account is 1MVetMarch.

God Bless America and its Veterans

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We’ve added a site!

OK, so we have been working diligently on getting a new site set up that would allows us alternative means of communication should something happen.  More details on the events will be posted from our site at https://1mvetmarch.wordpress.com .   Alternatively, you may contact us at 1MVetMarch@gmail.com.  Send us your stories and media there if it is easier for you!