"Washington, DC (WUSA) - A week-long anti-war movement reached its peak Saturday when thousands united to march the streets of D.C.
Organized by the Troops Out Now Coalition, the protest united young people with some protest veterans.
For Larry Holmes and Sharon Eolis, two of the Troops Out Now founders, the demonstration is one among thousands in which they've participated.
"I was drafted in the vietnam war. I refused to go," said Holmes. "So I tried to organize soldiers against the war and got a lot of support from the inside and outside. Vietnam War woke me up, radicalized me - made me think about the world."
"I first came around since the civil rights movement in 1959. My first demonstration was the March on Washington" said Eolis, who traveled to Iraq as a healthcare worker. "I think there's an opportunity for people to live in peace."
Ever since, Holmes and Eolis have dedicated their lives to anti-war efforts and other social causes.
"I've learned that the reasons for the Vietnam War are the same reasons why people go hungry in the world and why there's so much inequality," he said."
Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets. The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!