Whose Land is This Land?: Veterans Storming Washington Memorial

Reading the story of veterans and supporters protesting in D.C., in NY Daily News, my mind goes back to Woody Guthrie’s song This land Is Your Land.

World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

As I went walking I saw a sign there 

And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.” 

But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,

That side was made for you and me.

So whose land is it now? Ted Cruz’s question why the federal government is erecting barricades to keep veterans out of the World War II Memorial is a question that all people need to ask of all governments, no matter in what part of the world, to whom does land really belong. To those who work for it, kill for it, and die for it? Or to those who come to rule it by getting a certain count of votes?

It’s a day when people are showing their power; activism is in action; the question of civil rights is being asked and made heard. It’s a day of looking at democracy and making com[arison with dictatorship.

It’s a day we’ll remember.

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