October 14, 2013 2:00 pm -

The organizers of this past weekend’s march say they were hijacked by conservatives for political gain.

A march protesting the closures of war memorials in Washington, D.C. on Sunday featured marquee conservative figures like Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sarah Palin and ignited controversy over everything from the presence of a Confederate flag to calls for President Barack Obama’s impeachment.

Now the organizers of the march are decrying the usurpation what was supposed to be a “peaceful and apolitical” demonstration for political gain.

Here is their official statement:

The political agenda put forth by a local organizer in Washington DC yesterday was not in alignment with our message. We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain. The core principle was and remains about all Americans honoring Veterans in a peaceful and apolitical manner. Our love for and our dedication to remains with Veterans, regardless of party affiliation or political leanings.