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Veterans protesting the government shut down protested on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Sunday. Participants removed the barricades and entered the World War II Memorial. (Source: CNN) Veterans protesting the government shut down protested on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Sunday. Participants removed the barricades and entered the World War II Memorial. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the World War II Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown, according to media reports.

"We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever. The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice," according to the group's website.

Sarah Palin and Senator Ted Cruz both spoke at the gathering, according to NBC Washington - although the group says they aren't a political leaning group.

Sunday's protest comes after World War II veterans moved barriers at a rally on Saturday, and the organization Truckers Ride for the Constitution drove around the Capitol Beltway at slow speeds all weekend. Both groups also were protesting the government shutdown, which is in its 13th day.

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