According to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, tens of thousands filled several blocks near the U.S. capitol as a part of the March on Washington. The 9/12 March on Washington also brought out the people of Meridian's Tea Party. They meet at Dumont Plaza to take part in the nationwide rally.
"I'm just glad that we can be apart of the people throughout America who are coming together to let our nation know that we are American people and we stand for the freedom that our forefathers fought and died for," one of the rally participants, Wayne Hunt, told me.
The townhall meeting was held to inform individuals about our country's taxes, the coverage of illegal immigrants, and the way medical care will be provided. The Meridian Tea Party said they wanted to address concerns they have. Members of the Meridian Tea Party say this is not a protest. For them, this gathering is simply for a cause.
"Well, what I'd like to see happen is America would turn against what is going on in Washington and stand up for what our forefathers stood up for and the freedom of our nation," said Hunt.
Representatives from the Meridian Tea Party told the crowd that they have three main focuses they hope to promote. First, the group wants our nation's leaders to uphold the constitution. Secondly, they are looking for fiscal responsibility.
"And third it's the fact that it's not all about the government taking care of us. There's some personal responsibility that each one of us carries to live our lives to be all that we can be," continued Paul Tarver, a Tea Party representative.
While D.C. saw the largest turn out, Meridian and other cities across the country held there own meetins. They say it was just important for them to take a stance for what they believe in.