The Veterans for Ron Paul march on the White House went off without a hitch on Monday. Here's a photo slideshow of some of the best pictures uploaded by veterans, soldiers and other Paul supporters who participated in the successful Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops event on Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C.
The President's Day event, dubbed Ron Paul is the Choice of the Troops, brought veterans and troops from all over the country together in the nation's capital, where they marched from the Washington Monument to the White House in order to protest President Barack Obama's foreign policy and to rally for their chosen presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
About 500 marchers--veterans, active duty troops and their family members--participated in the fully-permitted event, and hundreds more onlookers showed their support without actually marching.
After rallying the afternoon of Feb. 20 on the National Mall, the marchers made their way to Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House, where they stood in a moment of silence, as family members of fallen warriors held their hands on an American flag. They remained silent for one second for each service member that has died in conflict since Obama's inauguration.
Dr. Ron Paul has become popular with American veterans and active-duty service members because of his unique approach to foreign policy. He believes that America should have a strong military, but that it should not risk lives and waste resources fighting wrong-headed wars.
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He has also gained popularity with the veteran/soldier demographic because he is the only remaining member of the Republican presidential primary field this year who has served in the U.S. military. Paul served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and in the U.S. Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He later entered private medical practice in obstetrics and gynecology.
The Monday march was the brainchild of Adam Kokesh, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, political commentator and one-time Republican congressional candidate, and Nathan Cox, a U.S. Army veteran, political activist and supporter of Veterans for Ron Paul who first conceived of the event in early January.
Kokesh described the impetus behind Veterans for Ron Paul's creation during interview with The Washington Times: We want a commander-in-chief who will be decisive, put America's security first, and only send troops into harm's way with a clear mission. Ron Paul is the only candidate with a pragmatic and principled foreign policy.