On October 21, 1967, demonstrators including radicals, liberals, black nationalists, hippies, professors, women’s groups, and war veterans march on the Pentagon.

Saturday, 5:40 p.m.- Demonstrators March to Pentagon: The day's activities began with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty thousand protestors, "armed with limp flowers and sturdy convictions," gathered to protest the war. After 3:00 p.m., some demonstrators headed for home. Others headed toward the Pentagon for more rallies.

Saturday, 5:40 p.m.-
Demonstrators March to Pentagon:
The day’s activities began with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty thousand protestors, “armed with limp flowers and sturdy convictions,” gathered to protest the war. After 3:00 p.m., some demonstrators
headed for home. Others headed toward the Pentagon for more rallies.

The rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial started peacefully, though Dr. Benjamin Spock—baby specialist, author, and outspoken critic of the war—did call President Johnson “the enemy.”

Dr. Benjamin Spock is in the front line of notables as it leaves the Lincoln Memorial.

Dr. Benjamin Spock is in the front line of notables as it leaves the Lincoln Memorial.

After the rally, the demonstrators, many waving the red, blue, and gold flag of the Viet Cong, began marching toward the Pentagon. Violence erupted when the more radical element of the demonstrators clashed with the soldiers and U.S. Marshals protecting the Pentagon.

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.- Demonstrators Storm Pentagon: Some of the demonstrators were determined to disrupt military operations by storming the Pentagon. The most serious incident occurred when 20 to 30 demonstrators pushed through the line of U.S. Marshals and military police into the Pentagon's Mall entrance. They were greeted by heavily armed troops. The soldiers forced some demonstrators outside. Others were carried out bodily.

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.-
Demonstrators Storm Pentagon:
Some of the demonstrators were determined to disrupt military operations by storming the Pentagon. The most serious incident occurred when 20 to 30 demonstrators pushed through the line of U.S. Marshals and military police into the Pentagon’s Mall entrance. They were greeted by heavily armed troops. The soldiers forced some demonstrators outside. Others were carried out bodily.

The protesters surrounded and besieged the military nerve center until the early hours of October 23. By the time order was restored, 683 people, including novelist Norman Mailer and two United Press International reporters, had been arrested. This protest was paralleled by demonstrations in Japan and Western Europe, the most violent of which occurred outside the U.S. Embassy in London when 3,000 demonstrators attempted to storm the building.

This event as depicted in the film, Forest Gump with Tom Hanks

This event as depicted in the film, Forest Gump with Tom Hanks

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