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(WBIR-Knoxville) Over 60 veterans and supporters gathered at East Tennessee Veterans Memorial in downtown Knoxville to protest the closing of monuments.

Local organizers joined the national movement in Washington D.C. Sunday morning by gathering at the World War II memorial.

In Washington D.C and Knoxville, the groups rallied for memorials to be reopened as the government shutdown continues.

Veteran Philip Smith said, "I am very much opposed to it and am really tired of it."

Veteran Bob "Bulldog" Ousley said, "When they are blocking war memorials, blocking veterans from attending those memorials, our government is out of control."

Sue Dauber, a member of Rolling Thunder Tennessee Chapter 3, wore a leather vest with many patches. Also on the vest were pictures of two fallen soldiers. Dauber explained, "These are my friends' sons who have given their lives for our freedom." Dauber added, "I think the veterans should be taken care of first and foremost because it's because of the veterans that we have our freedoms today."

The group exercised one of those freedoms Sunday, the freedom of speech, and made their voices heard. They all want Washington, D.C. leaders to come to a compromise, which will end the nearly two-week partial government shutdown.

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