It is virtually im possible to sum up my, or anyone else's experience over the five days of the occupy national gathering. I will do a short recap of what I experienced but there was so much more to the gathering that I either didn't experience or forgot to mention:
The Veterans for Peace and Occupy Marines acquired a permit to have a canopy and information table on Independence Mall next to the first amendment monument. They have been there, 24 hours a day, since Saturday. Yesterday afternoon the National Park Service notified the veterans than their permit had been revoked and that they would be evicted from their spot in front of Independence Hall at 9pm.
When the Vets for Peace and several ex-military Occupiers were about to be evicted off of federal land at the birthplace of the first amendment activists from MOVE* who were holding a Rally in the same place shared their permit with the vets buying them, 6 more hours of time on independence mall.