Noreen Grimm stands next to her husband David Grimm, both from Pittsburgh, Pa., holding a portrait of President George Washington during a rally at the World War II Memorial in Washington Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The rally was organized to protest the closure of the Memorial, subsequent to the shutdown, and lack of access to it by World War II veterans, who traveled there on Honor Flight visits. Leaders in the Senate have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Military veterans converged on the National Mall and White House on Sunday, demanding that the war memorials reopen after being shuttered during the government's partial shutdown.
The veterans were joined by several prominent speakers, including the Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, as well as former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Lawmakers expressed optimism on Sunday that the congress would soon reach an agreement on the debt ceiling and government shutdown, allowing the memorial sites to reopen.
"I'm cautiously hopeful, optimistic, that we can come to an agreement and open up the government," Sen. Chuck Schumer told Bob Schieffer on CBS' Face the Nation.
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