This morning, thousands converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall to protest its closure. The group which bills -- and has already trademarked -- itself as "Million Vet March on the Memorial," tore down "barricades" outside the memorial.

It was led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as former governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The group echoed Ronald Reagan's challenge to Mikhail Gorbechev, chanting "[t]ear down these walls!" as they encountered "barricades" including orange cones, striped saw-horses and three-foot-tall portable aluminum gates. "God Bless America" was also sung as they marched.

A handful of tractor-trailers blared their horns as the group made their way down 17th Street.

Although the "Million Vet March on the Memorial" bills itself as a non-partisan group, all those leading it had spoken or attended speeches as the Value Voters Summit, which began on Friday and concludes today.

John Aravosis at Americablog has images and videos.

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