BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On Sunday in response to the closing of national monuments including the World War Two memorial, protestors in Washington D.C. - picked up and removed barricades and threw them in a pile against the fence outside the White House lawn. Demonstrators chanted 'shame on you' and crowded in around police who came in to push them back.
Meanwhile in Birmingham a much more peaceful and somber event was taking place at the Alabama War Memorial in Liberty Park. Local event organizer Jayson Dunlap says he saw what was going on around the country because of the shutdown and he decided to put together a group here. Dunlap thinks closing our nation's war memorials should be out of the question during political tug of war.
"It's the only place that their family and friends can go to remember them at and it's just sickening for the government to shut them down, I mean just disgusting," said Dunlap.
Birmingham event participant Jada Walker says it's personal for her.
"I'm frustrated with Congress, by their finger pointing and complete unwillingness to negotiate," said Walker.
Event participant Kevin Roberts, who spent years in the United States Marine Corps, is also frustrated.
"We as the people are the government of the United States. The ones we elect are just stewards. We send up North to Washington D.C. to administer the details. But they are still accountable to us. We the people need to hold them accountable," said Roberts.
"I mean we're here to prove a point," said Dunlap. "The one thing that this country will not tolerate, the people of this country will not tolerate is when the government messes with our military and our veterans. And we will not tolerate it."
They are calling for more people to join their cause or at least not to stay silent.
"It doesn't matter if you're a veteran. If you're a citizen, stand up. Speak," said Walker.
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