From the Inside: The Million Veterans March On DC
This article was submitted by Mike Marshall, a North Carolina Patriot, Veteran, and member of the Stokes County Militia. Mike was also one of my official bodyguards when I speak at the Constitution Day Rally in North Carolina.
This is his personal account of participating in the Veterans March on DC.
A VIEW FROM THE INSIDE
I have never liked being told that I can’t do something that I feel is within my rights to do. I have never been a fan of spiteful people either.
When our Government spends our money to close our parks to force our hand…..I call that spitebul BS. They are simply wasting more of our money to prove a point and try and play the blame game AGAIN.
So when some of the Militia suggested we go to DC I was all in. I wanted to see for myself what was going on. I wanted to do something. And I never miss an opportunity to hang out with Veterans and Patriots if I can help it.
So we went to DC saturday afternoon in a a small convoy. 18 Stokes County Patriots wanting to be a part of it all. After a long trip up there and a short night of sleep, we got up at 0530 Sunday to catch the metro to the Memorial. Well, we caught the Metro to DC and of course had to walk miles(okay blocks but it seemed like miles) to the WW II Memorial.
We got there and it was already packed, truckers were circling through and blowing their horns, crowds were waving flags and signs and everyone was cheering. Then as we got up to the Memorial we realized that Ted Cruz was getting ready to speak….I couldn’t get close enough to hear him but there was hundreds of people clapping and screaming so I guess he didn’t disappoint.
A Marine Veteran approached me and asked if I was willing to help open the Lincoln Memorial, I said absolutely….we gathered our guys and met with a group of Vets at 1000 hundred hours and we marched toward the Lincoln Memorial….the guy asked if I thought we should go to Vietnam first since it was on the way….I said Absolutely….we removed the barricades and the crowd got larger…. a lot of people paused to enjoy the Vietnam Memorial and we took pics.
Then we realized that the guys had went on to open the Lincoln Memorial….by the time we arrived they had removed most of the barricades and 30 to 40 people were inside. We went up to the top and looked back to watch waves of people storming THEIR Memorial.
The police began to assemble, and the crowd continued to swell…..hundreds of people flocked to the Lincoln Memorial. Then Sarah Palin and her husband Todd came through and walked to the top of the Memorial. I was able to get a pic with Sarah and I told her that the Stokes County Militia loved her….she said ” Militia?, Well,I love you too.”
The crowds were still swelling and the law enforcement officers began to replace the barricades. The crowd converged on the barricades, and they were physically unable to continue to replace them. They began to chant “tear down that wall”…and someone began to send the Star Spangled Banner….it makes the hair stand up on my neck to even describe the emotion I felt as all of us Veterans stopped and sang our National Anthem together.
Then there was a congressman who tried to get the crowd to back down and let him negotiate with the Law in order to reopen the Memorial….the crowd told him in no uncertain terms ” We are tired of political negotiations, that is how we got here in the first place” a group of Marine Vets grabbed the barricades and tore them down….a cop ripped one Marines shirt and then grabbed his baton…. I was screaming at a LT with the Police ” You can stop this….you are on the wrong side, just back em off take them over there” He paused and then told his men to stand down and they moved to the grass beside the Memorial as the barricades were removed and carried to the White House. We gathered our group together as other groups drifted in and out for a few minutes then a Marine Veteran from Vietnam shouted ” follow me to the White House”………when we got to the White House we realized we were at the back of it and so we went around the other way to get to the front lawn.
When we got there, they were saying someone had been beaten with a baton, but I didn’t see it myself. The crowd was getting loud and chanting ” Shame on you” as the police assembled and the horse police came in. We saw police with riot gear on being removed from the crowd area, as police showed up with gas canisters and they even brought in an armored car. When the armored car came into view the crowd turned toward it screaming ” this is what a Police state looks like” and ” we are American Veterans, we are not the enemy”….a Captain stepped out and told them to ” get that damn thing out of here” The police backed away and the crowd began to calm down.
One man went over and gave the guys on horse back a speech about working for the wrong man, and they should be ashamed to stand against American Heroes….when the horses filed off he shouted
” you left some Obama on the street!”
We saw several men on the White House lawn armed with AR type weapons and there snipers on several rooftops including the White House. They even sent a helicopter overhead with two armed men in the doorway.
After a while of a few speakers and meeting a few people and taking photos the crowd began to thin and we made our way back toward the metro….I saw an armored car streaking toward the WW II memorial lights and sirens on so we went back down there and found out someone had a rifle….at first they said it was an M4 then they said it was an AR15, then they said it was a .22….I overheard the police talking and I heard an officer say it was a .22 caliber AR15 style rifle which was unloaded and carried as a part of some type of display.
I do not know if the guy was arrested, I heard he was beaten but as with the other incidents I heard about, I did not actually see it. Personally, I never saw the Police lay hands on anyone except the officer who tore the guys shirt off at the Lincoln Memorial when he was trying to tear down those barricades.
In fact, the officers I spoke to were supportive of Vets and were nice and even helpful to me. I will say too, there was a Veterans club called the Rubicon who were picking up any trash they saw…..everything was clean as a pin as we went through.
The only thing that I saw that was treated with anything but respect, was the barricades and the signs that declared areas to be closed.
I am very proud of the Stokes County Militia for their role in this trip and glad to have been a part of it. I imagine that the spiteful SOB in the White House has probably ordered his minions to replace the barricades, so maybe we didn’t accomplish anything…..but I think we proved a point. There are plenty of Patriots who are fed up and they are not going to be told no much longer. I applaud the truckers, the bikers, the Veterans the Tea Party and the Militia as well as all of the affiliated and unaffiliated groups or individuals who chose to be a part of this…..and I am glad that I had the opportunity to be a small part of it myself…..God Bless America and God Bless Patriots.