Local Military Veterans Hold Anti-War Protest

Michele Fiore
November 11, 2018 - 2:18 pm
Military veterans hold an anti-war rally downtown Sunday, Nov. 11.

WBBM Newsradio/Michele Fiore


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of veterans against war gathered along the Chicago River Sunday.

Veterans spoke passionately about their frustrations.

"I originally rationalized my deployment in 2003," one man said. "I thought I was going to going to go fight the global war on terror, I was going to get rid of a terrible dictactor. Instead, I was a part of perpetuating terror in an illegal invasion."

The event at Chicago's Vietnam Veterans Memorial ended with everyone dropping long-stemmed roses into the Chicago River. Jim Heneghan didn't participate because he disagreed with holding a protest on Veterans Day. He was there just to look at the wall of the names of those who died, something he often does.

"Closure, I don't know what that means," he said. "You can't fill that hole." 

Sixteen people Heneghan grew up with or met while in the Army - had their lives cut short.