|Depending on your point of view - Vets temporarily put either a CROSS or CROSSHAIRS on the VA seal.|
One funeral director we met an hour and a half before the rally, described intimidation by the VA staff and emotional distress by many families who grappled with having to choose alternative burial sites. Apparently a cemetery staff member was assigned to every group coming to the site to monitor and intimidate them..
This funeral director informed us that many pastors and funeral directors had been incensed at the actions of Ms. Ocasio and had pledged to show up in force. And in force they did. Veterans groups, elected officials and even the Freedom Riders turned out to what we estimated to be at least 1,000 to 2,000 people.
|One entry way to interior park and Rally location|
Very touching as kids to WW2 vets all singing together.
The organizers made it clear the reason were there was NOT to usurp the legal process - but to stand with the plantiff's in the lawsuit unable to speak at the Rally. TWO speakers reiterated that we PRAY we did not need to defend our rights by force and cited the section of the Declaration reiterating the necessity, "