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    Veterans Burn Uniforms in Solidarity with Airman Who Died After Setting Himself on Fire to Protest Gaza War

    Veterans Burn Uniforms in Solidarity with Airman Who Died After Setting Himself on Fire to Protest Gaza War

    Veteran protesters in Portland, Oregon, set their uniforms on fire Wednesday in memoriam of Senior Airman Aaron Bushnell's self-immolation on the steps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 25 in protest of the war in .

    A video that was widely shared on social media Feb. 28 showed a number of protesters in front of a sign that read, “Veterans Say: Free ! Remember Aaron Bushnell” as they put their uniforms in a metal drum and set them on fire.

    “Aaron wore his uniform as he took that act, that ultimate sacrifice,” Matt Howard, a Marine Corps veteran and board member with About Face, the group behind the vigil, told Military.com. “There's obviously an intentional decision that he made, and I think similarly, folks, our members and other veterans that participated, felt really strongly that that symbolism is important.”

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    In the minutes leading up to his protest, Bushnell donned his uniform and walked toward the embassy, recording his last moments before setting himself ablaze, screaming “Free Palestine!” as he burned. The 25-year-old airman from Whitman, Massachusetts, said he was making an “extreme” protest in response to the more than 30,000 Palestinians killed in the last five months.

    declared war in response to Hamas' unprecedented cross-border attack Oct. 7, in which the Islamic…

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