Veterans March For Occupy Wall Street — And It's Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before

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Teachers, auto workers, nurses and more have had their chance to show their support for the ideals of the Occupy movement.

Today, veterans had their turn.

There is no perfect way to describe what it looked like, we can only say that their demonstration was serious and somber unlike any other.

This was not a party with music and cheering, their signs were not funny either, this was a true march in protest. After all, these men and women are soldiers.

As they made their way to Zuccotti Park, the feeling was tense. People who watched from their offices did not smile or laugh, they stared and whispered quietly to each other.

And then the veterans took the human microphone. Like their steps, their voices rang in perfect time. The occupiers stood in silence, only opening their mouths to repeat what the soldiers said.

When one Navy veteran addressed Zuccotti Park he put it very simply: “If you continue to assemble in peace and solidarity, justice will come to pass. We are the 99%.”

The march started at the Vietnam Memorial on Water Street.

Police were there every step of the way.

The press could not blend in during this march. The vets stayed in strict formation, moving in time through the streets without saying a word.

All types of vets were marching — this former soldier was pushing his daughter in a stroller.

This former marine was said to be 80 years old.

This police captain was telling the vet calling cadence and commanding the formation to hurry up and order a left face to march out of the way of the horses.

Selena Coppa with Iraq Veterans Against the War ran ahead of the march to brief police on their plans.

When we got to the park, Occupy protesters burst into applause.

But the veterans didn't even flinch.

We stopped at the top of the stairs leading into the park so the veterans could speak to the crowd.

Many more members of the press were in attendance compared to previous events.

The whole park stopped to listen.

The token walk around the perimeter revealed the bicycles used to generate power are getting worked on.

The occupy knitter was knitting away.

And this woman offered to be the official welcoming committee for the troops.

The veterans' involvement is one of the many things that's changed about Occupy Wall Street

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