Dozens of U.S. anti-war veterans from the Afghan and Iraqi wars tossed their war medals away Sunday to protest against the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with some of them pleading forgiveness from the Iraqi and Afghan people. The veterans marched in military formation into the Grant Park in downtown Chicago on Sunday morning, declaring they would then throw away their war medals which once represented their honor.
“I’m deeply sorry for the destruction that we’ve caused in those countries and around the globe. I’m proud to stand on this stage with my fellow veterans and my Afghanistan sisters” – said a veteran.
Then they marched to the McCormick Place, where NATO was meeting.Thousands of people joined them when the veterans walked several kilometers to the summit venue, chanting slogans and waving banners in protest against the NATO summit and the Afghanistan war.
“I today am giving back my global war and terrorism service medal, because I realize that after a while it was just nothing but an idea made by a bunch of politicians, money-hungry politicians in Washington” – said another veteran
Hundreds of policemen stood around to maintain the order.The veterans received flowers and applause when they returned from wars, but now they were facing armed policemen, said a veteran.
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