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Updated: 10/11/2013 11:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.-- Many Jacksonville Beach neighbors have given their lives for our country, and this weekend they will lend their voices to a march in Washington, D.C. Many will take part in a satellite march Sunday in Jacksonville Beach. 

Retired WWII Marine John Molisano is 87 years old and said it's too difficult for him to make the big trip to our nation's capital this weekend to join in on the Million Veteran March.

"My wife and I, we're through with our traveling," he said. 

But while his veteran brothers and sisters will be marching at national monuments in Washington, a local group will bring the cause to him. The Beaches Locally Owned Business Blog has organized a satellite march Sunday at the Veterans Memorial at A1A and 2nd St.  

"We thought we'd just do it here, too, to show a little support," said organizer Chuck McCue. 

McCue said he expects a decent turnout as many local vets are frustrated with furlough and park shutdowns across the country.

"I think it's just an outcry of what's going on in the country," he said. "I think the straw that broke the camel's back was the blocking of veterans from their own memorials."

Compared to the Million Veteran March in Washington, it may seem small, but Molisano, who fought for our freedom, reminds us that every voice counts. 

The March begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. Discounted refreshments will be offered to veterans at nearby establishments. 
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Dremwolf - 10/13/2013 12:13 AM
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my3kidsmom at 9:00am as well? What is the name of the FB page group???

my3kidsmom - 10/12/2013 5:02 PM
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If you're not near the Beaches, check out the one happening at the Veterans Memorial Wall close to downtown - expecting around 200 in attendance! We have a FB page for more info.

Realchange - 10/11/2013 10:15 PM
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Should ask the police about their new policy towards homeless veterans that might beg to get by. Denied justice by the VA. VA feels veterans have not earned the right to trial by jury when their cases reach court. They do not want the public knowing veterans poisoned or injured by service to our country are denied benefits and treated like dirt. Even Senator Bill Nelson will not address why desert storm veterans are sick. Congress also holds fake hearings on the matter. When Desert Storm veterans cheated and denied benefits want to testify they refuse to hear them. SO pretend this march does good it is nothing but propaganda firsthand to appear to care about veterans.
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