A different war was being fought on the steps of Monroe City Hall, a branch of the "Million Vet March" at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. opposing the closure of national monuments due to the government shutdown.
For eight-year veteran Chuck Johns, this version of the D.C. march in Monroe was his way of making his voice heard.
"When I was there, we were 100 miles behind the Iron Curtain. I'm accustomed to being outnumbered and outgunned," Johns said. "I can't go to D.C., but we can rally here in support of that."
Johns said they were not protesting the City of Monroe at all, merely holding the event nearby Monroe's memorials in support of those in D.C.
"We're trying to make sure that legislation is enacted that will prevent the war memorials at Washington D.C. from ever being closed again," said Johns.
Events similar to the one in Monroe were held across the country, drawing in folks like Pat McCrory-LeBlanc and her sisters, who drove four hours from Prairieville in Ascension Parish.
"My sisters called me at 10 o'clock last night and said: 'The only one we can find is in Monroe. You want to go?' and I said 'Sure,'" McCrory-LeBlanc said.
McCrory-LeBlanc came honoring her father, 90-year-old Robert McCrory, who survived four World War II invasions, losing his eyesight but not his spirit to defend people's rights, rights he believes are being taken away.
"He fought for, had family die for, friends die for or be injured for, maimed for the rest of their life and he sees them slowly being taken away, one at a time," McCrory-LeBlanc said.
MONROE -- A group filled with veterans and friends and family of veterans gathered in front of Monroe City Hall Sunday morning in their own branch of he Million Vet March on the Memorials.