WASHINGTON (October 13, 2013)--A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial Sunday morning on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.
U.S. Sens. Mike Lee R-Utah and Ted Cruz, R-Texas were among those who gathered Sunday morning, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Cruz said President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the shutdown.
The memorial has become a symbol of the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans over who is at fault since the shutdown began.
On Sunday morning, participants in a protest by truckers combined with veterans marching at the World War II Memorial to cut the links between metal barriers at the National Park Service property and then push the barriers aside.