[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/20/art.dc.war.protest.afp.gi.jpg caption="Anti-war protesters took to the streets of Washington on Saturday."]Washington (CNN) - Chanting "We are the change," hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered across from the White House on Saturday, the seventh anniversary of the war in Iraq.
More than a dozen speakers, including politician Ralph Nader and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, addressed the crowd before the group marched through Washington. Protesters delivered symbolic coffins draped with international flags to the offices of Halliburton - a controversial energy services company once helmed by former Vice President Dick Cheney - and the White House.
Police arrested five people after they laid down by the coffins in front of the White House.
"Is the honeymoon over with that war criminal in the Oval Office?" yelled Sheehan during the rally before the march, to shouts of agreement from the crowd. "Why are we giving him a free pass when he didn't deserve it?"
Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, became a household name in August 2005 for protesting outside of former President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. She is now camping out on the grounds of the Washington Monument in an effort to draw attention to her cause.
Saturday's crowd carried signs including "Indict Bush now" and "We need jobs and schools not war."
An Iraq war veteran burned a small American flag on stage while shouting "this is not my country."
Nader called Bush and Cheney "fugitives from justice," while arguing that military action in Iraq and Afghanistan was creating a new generation of enemies against the United States.
Some called for greater funding for education and other priorities, echoed by those attending the rally.
"War is bankrupting this country," said marcher Lisa Savage, who had traveled from Maine where she says her local school district is more than $1 million short on its budget.
"Just a few minutes of the war could pay for that," she said.