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.
The US shutdown is but a precursor to a much bigger problem - in a couple of weeks the government, shutdown or not, will run out of cash.
Landmarks across the US have closed as the Congress failed to reach a deal over the budget.