Protesters gather across US to mark sixth anniversary of Iraq War
About three hundred protestors have gathered in Washington DC this morning to mark the sixth anniversay of the US invasion of Iraq.
More than 1,000 groups sponsored the protest in DC today and many said that Obama is stalling on his plans to withdraw troops from Iraq.
They carried placards and have placed coffins covered with flags from a number of countries around the Lincoln Memorial.
They want the President will withdraw all troops from Iraq now, and not by the 2011 deadline that he as stated previously.
"Obama seems to be led somewhat by the bureaucracies. I want him to follow up on his promise to end the war," said 66-year-old Perry Parks of Rockingham, N.C., who served in the Army for nearly 30 years, including in Vietnam. "But the longer it goes, the more it seems like he's stalling."
A small group also gathered of veterans and parents of soldiers to counter the protest near the Vietnam War Memorial.
"We're for victory. When our president and Congress send our men and women to war, they send them there to win or else don't send them at all," said Kirby, a Vietnam veteran.
The protest is being held a few days after the March 19 anniversary. Demonstrations also are planned in Los Angeles and San Francisco.