(NECN/CNN: Washington D.C.) - Thousands of people converged on the National Mall as a rally organized by talk show host Glenn Beck began with the national anthem.
The Tea Party faithful were among the participants.
Organizers are expecting 100-thousand or more people to show up for the "Restoring Honor" rally.
It's controversial partly because of its timing and location.
The rally takes place on the same day and spot where 47 years ago Martin Luther King Junior delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Some of those who marched with King said Beck had taken over the day for his own political gain.
But Beck calls the gathering non-political and says he wants to honor American soldiers.