An Akron-area native was among the group of veterans who removed barricades from some war memorials in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
“A lot of us are just fed up,” said Adam Miller, 27, a Marine combat veteran who served seven months in Iraq.
Miller and two other area people drove to the nation’s capital early in the morning Sunday to take part in what was called the Million Vet March to protest the government shutdown.
Miller, a Kent State University senior, said he was outraged that veterans had been blocked from entering the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
“When we got there the memorial was closed,” said Miller, a 2004 Cuyahoga Falls High School graduate. “We removed the barricades.”
He said he visited several other memorials during the visit. He made the trip with Craig Thompson, 40, a building designer in Cuyahoga Falls.
“It was inspiring,” said Thompson, who is not a veteran.
Miller — whose grandfather, the late John Schlosser, was a Marine veteran who served in World War II and Korea — said he feels “using our greatest generation as pawns on whatever games are being played in the capital is wrong.
“I felt like I had to go,” he said. “It was an awesome experience.”
The Associated Press reported the crowd at the march on Sunday was in the hundreds.
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