The United states Government avoided a clash with 1,000 ex-servicemen in Washington on Friday (23 April) by abandoning efforts to clear them from sleeping on lawns near the Houses of Congress.
SVs Crowd applauds as legless veteran walks off the platform (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU of medals and decorations lying on the ground over the fence.
SCU Veteran speaking, SOF STARTS:- "Silver Star...... SOF ENDS:- "....mean a thing."
CU Veteran hugging friend.
TRANSCRIPT: Veteran (SEQ. 3): "Silver Star the third highest medal in the country it doesn't mean anything. (indistinct) died for these medals, Lt. Conrell died so I got a medal, Sergeant John's died so I got a medal, I got a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, Army Commendation medal, eight Air Medals, National Defence and the rest of this garbage. It doesn't mean a thing."
Initials VS/22.36 VS/22.57
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Background: The United states Government avoided a clash with 1,000 ex-servicemen in Washington on Friday (23 April) by abandoning efforts to clear them from sleeping on lawns near the Houses of Congress. The Vietnam veterans were camping out for a second successive night in defiance of a Supreme Court order, when word came that they could stay.
Many veterans threw their war decorations on the Capitol steps, saying that they were worthless. The ex-soldiers are a part of an anti-war demonstration, expected to be swelled to a total of 300,000 people as the mass marches began today (Saturday, 24 April).