WASHINGTON — An ex-soldier who once was part of a coalition of former soldiers to organize a peaceful protest rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War is joined in the effort by others in an attempt to revive a peaceful event that drew millions to Washington in April.
The effort comes as veterans groups are looking to revive the event.
It is a rare event in which veterans of a war that killed more than 5 million Americans are joined by others to mark the occasion.
The rally, known as “Vietnam Week,” was held after President Trump signed an executive order on Veterans Day that expanded the war’s definition to include the nation’s war dead.
It also included a call for veterans and military personnel to support veterans’ efforts to bring about change in the U.S. government.
The group Veterans of Foreign Wars of America is part of the effort to revive Vietnam Week.
It was founded by former U.N. ambassador Robert Kagan and former President George W. Bush, among others.
It says it has collected more than 1.4 million signatures in its petition drive to reinstate Vietnam Week, which was cancelled in December.
The effort is backed by the Veterans of Freedom and National Endowment for Democracy, and is spearheaded by former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile.
It has attracted about 4 million signatures, said Amy Zernick, the group’s president.
It was cancelled by President Trump, who ordered the military to defer to Congress over the weekend.
The event was intended to highlight the need for veterans to be able to rally with their families at the end of the month to demand the removal of the war from American soil.
Trump had called on military leaders to postpone the event until the end, arguing that the country is not ready for that.
Veterans groups said in a statement that the protest will bring “a sense of urgency to veterans and our country’s wounded warriors.”
The event will include veterans from across the nation, who are not expected to speak on stage, but the focus will be on what veterans have experienced and what their voices have brought about,” the group said.
The military, however, has criticized the event as divisive.
It said veterans are not being asked to “lead the nation.””
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also is part, saying the event “needs to be revived” and that the military has a duty to honor its veterans.””
This is a way to raise awareness of some of these issues and to show that we need to make our voices heard.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also is part, saying the event “needs to be revived” and that the military has a duty to honor its veterans.
“We are not the enemy,” he said.
“We have a duty as Americans to fight for our country.
The people that have fought for us deserve to have this as a national holiday.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the veterans’ rally.