Veterans protest partial shutdown of memorials

N.C. event captured by Thomasville's David Yemm
Oct. 14, 2013 @ 06:58 PM

Veterans from across America on Sunday descended on federal and state moments to express their formal opposition to the federal government's handling of military and veteran affairs during this partial federal government shutdown.

The effort was named "Million Veterans March on the Memorials" and held in Brodway, N.C. The guest speaker was retired Army Col. and N.C. Sen. Ronald Rabin.

According to a press release, the group gathered to peacefully convey this message:

• Denying veterans access to their own war memorials, many of which are open air, unguarded and accessible 24 hours a day, by physically blocking them is unacceptable.

• Denying active-duty military and veterans and their survivors federally approved and mandated benefits beginning Nov. 1, 2013, is unacceptable.

• Denying current members of our military access to their religious chaplains is unacceptable.

The photos were taken by David Yemm, whose Facebook page, Thomasville Daily, chronicles life in the Chair City.