Lynn Whittiker, a Vietnam veteran, and his wife, Vicki, from Tyler, listen as Sgt. Maj. Phillip Holland relates his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq during a rally in support of veterans and service members Sunday. (Mark Engebretson)
About 75 veterans and others gathered at the Vietnam War Museum east of Mineral Wells Sunday morning to offer their voices to the Million Veteran March in Washington, D.C., a movement to protest the actions of Conhress and the WHite House in stopping payments to families of active-duty service members and veterans during the government shut down.
"I'm a mom with a son in the Marine Corps and one in the Army," said organizer Kristi Buttler, of Burleson, an organizer of the event. "I love our country and I love our military. This is the way I serve."
Speakers related their war-time experiences and the hardships faced by themselves, their families and veterans.
A number of people came from other areas as the word went out over Facebook at the last minute.
In the end, many toured the visitor center and offered to help with the establishment of the museum.