This is your roving reporter, Mick Youther, bringing you a belated report on the March on the Pentagon and the protests that took place in Washington, DC on March 17, 2007.
Estimates of the number of protestors varied widely, from 15,000 to 50,000. Attendance was far less than expected due to a winter storm that hit the Northeast, causing bus and airline cancellations and preventing many people from driving. The weather on the day of the march was cold and windy.
Speakers at the rallies included Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark; Gold Star Mom Cindy Sheehan; Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson; Navy Seaman Jonathan Hutto and Marine Sgt. Liam Madden (co-founders of Appeal for Redress); and former Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA).
Organizers scheduled the march to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 1967 march on the Pentagon, which called for an end to the Viet Nam War. At that time, the Viet Nam War was only two years old, but 47% of Americans already felt that it was a mistake. Now, as Mr. Bush's War drags on into its fifth year, 59% of Americans believe it is a mistake, and 58% think we should withdraw within a year (
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