US military veterans gather to protest against shutdown

Hundreds of US military veterans gathered on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC to demand that the country's war memorials are reopened.

The memorials have been temporarily closed as a result of the government shutdown.

The veterans were joined by several prominent speakers, including the Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, as well as former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Protesters gather in Washington DC. Credit: Reuters
Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin joined protesters. Credit: Reuters
A protester holds a banner protesting against the US government shutdown. Credit: Reuters