More than 8,000 men, women and children demonstrated in Washington, D.C. Sunday (May 15) to?
LS Wash. Monument and Demonstrators
MS Demonstrators picking up signs
CU Sign "Escalation breaths escalation"
MS Police on horse back
MS Sign "Veterans for peace in VietNam"
MS Little boy's mother holding sign "Support Americans stand in VietNam"
MS Demonstrators walking outside of White House
MS Anti-Peace pickets
MS Peace pickets
MS Demonstrators casting peace pledges
LS Demonstrators in audience
MS Man playing guitar
MLS Wash. Monument, man playing guitar
MS Sign "Hi there future slaves"
MS Man with sign being removed
MS Cops on horses
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Background: More than 8,000 men, women and children demonstrated in Washington, D.C. Sunday (May 15) to urge more congressmen to oppose President Johnson's Viet Nam policy. Those who marched represented the moderate wing of the American peace movement.
They assembled at the foot of Washington Monument; then marched to the gate of the White House. Mounted police followed the demonstration parade to make certain there would be no outbreaks of violence.
After the parade the demonstrators returned to the Washington Monument area and held a rally. There, speaker after speaker praised those senators and congressmen who have openly opposed the government's Viet Nam policy. Senator J. William Fullbright, Robert Kennedy and Wayne Morse received the most praise.
At one point during the rally, several members of a nationalist group which advocates bombing Hanoi, moved through the crowd with anti-peace posters. Police spotted the intruders and quickly ejected them from the grounds.