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Blue Star Mothers, FReeRepublic DC Chapter, & Rolling Thunder Support The Troops Rally (PHOTOS) ^ | 3/14/2004 | W04man

Posted on 03/14/2004 4:25:27 AM PST by W04Man

Here are some photos from yesterdays Support the Troops Rally in Washington DC. It was an enthusiatic, though small, band of supporters. I'm sure our speaker system was heard all along the National Mall (it was loud).

We also had a nice talk about POW/MIA Scott Speicher

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bluestarmothers; bobdole; cspan; dcchapter; militaryfamilies; oifanniversary; rally; rollingthunder; supportourtroops
Please visit the Blue Star Mothers Web Site
1 posted on 03/14/2004 4:25:28 AM PST by W04Man
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To: W04Man
I forgot to mention that Senator Bob Dole was a surprise guest speaker. We should be hearing soon when CSPAN is going to air this event, they were there.

2 posted on 03/14/2004 4:30:14 AM PST by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign visit for FREE STICKERS)
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To: W04Man
3 posted on 03/14/2004 5:07:30 AM PST by sopwith (don't tread on me)
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To: W04Man
Nice picture of Bob Dole. He recently was hospitalized with pneumonia, but made the effort to stand up for our troops even though he was advised not to do so because of the cold and freezing wind chill factor. He understood how important it was to be there yesterday for our troops, as did you. Thanks for for your efforts yesterday.
4 posted on 03/14/2004 6:05:10 AM PST by kristinn (Blue Star Mothers' Troop Support Rally March 13 in Wash., D.C.)
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To: W04Man
WAY TO GO, DC Chapter!

From Yahoo! News PHOTOS:

Kevin Martin of Project 21 speaks at a 'Support Our Troops' rally on the National Mall in Washington Saturday, March 13, 2004.  The rally was sponsored by the Blue Star Mothers of America. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sat Mar 13, 2:06 PM ET

Kevin Martin of Project 21 speaks at a 'Support Our Troops' rally on the National Mall in Washington Saturday, March 13, 2004. The rally was sponsored by the Blue Star Mothers of America. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

5 posted on 03/14/2004 6:59:27 AM PST by RonDog
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To: kristinn
And, from the Washingotn Times:
Small rally with big message for troops

By Denise Barnes
    Undaunted by blustery March winds, a small-but-determined group rallied on the Mall yesterday to cheer and show support for American troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and trouble spots around the world.
    The two-hour "Support Our Troops Rally" began at noon and drew about 50 people. The group waved American flags and listened to a series of short speeches by representatives of groups such as the Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., the sponsor of the rally, Rolling Thunder, Free Iraq, the Congress of Racial Equality, the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic and Operation Free Spike Inc.
    "I think Americans need to stand tall for our principles and freedom and honor our children who are making sure that our country remains safe and free," said Susan Naill, president of Blue Star Mothers of America.
    Ms. Naill said her Marine son served in the first Persian Gulf war and she comes from "a long line of warriors." A rally to show support was needed, she said.
    Kerri Whalen agreed. Mrs. Whalen, a Blue Star Mother from Chesapeake, Va., said it was important for her to attend the rally. Her son joined the Army and was in Iraq for eight months. He was stationed in Germany for four years, she said.
    "A lot of guys don't have any support and the nation needs to rally — regardless of their feelings about the war — and support the troops," she said.
    Kristinn Taylor, co-founder of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of Free Republic, moderated the event and introduced the speakers.
    Former Kansas Republican senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole chatted with a few Blue Star moms and posed with families and children for photographs.
    "I want to thank those who continue to stand up for our troops ... 80 to 90 percent of Americans support our troops. I've talked with a lot of people as I've travel around," Mr. Dole told the group.
    "We have made a difference in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's not perfect, but neither are we. I want to thank the Blue Star Mothers. Mothers carry a heavy burden," he said before the women surrounded him with requests for photos.
    The group cheered when Arthur Foss, president of Rolling Thunder Virginia Chapter No. 3, stepped up to the microphone on the small staging area sounded by American flags. He joked a bit before getting down to business.
    "Is it warm enough out here for you?" he asked in mid-40s degree weather that felt much colder in the gusting wind.
    "It's great to be here to support the Blue Star Mothers, and it's great to be here to support our troops," Mr. Foss said. "Today, we are assembled here representing a special group of individuals, an elite group of people, I might add, that of the American veteran, their status, their well-being, their accountability — for without the veteran, we would not be here today."
    "The veteran is the reason for this great country of ours, and the liberties and the freedoms that we enjoy. Without the veteran, we would have nothing. American warriors of yesterday and today have never failed to answer their nation's call. Through selfless sacrifices, they have brought to the entire world a concept most often associated with America's ideal ... freedom," he said.
    Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality flew to Washington from New York yesterday morning for the rally to show his support for U.S. troops and the organizers.
    "I'm so pleased to be here with my friends, my brothers and sisters of the Blue Star Mothers, Free Republic and Rolling Thunder," he said. "This is an important time for our country and our world. We are engaged in a global war. A war as profound as World War I, World War II and the Cold War ... ambiguous and difficult to fight. It is a war in which three dozen nations are standing beside us, including our brothers and sisters in Spain.
    "It is a war being fought by a variety of Americans in our armed forces ... fighting for liberty, fighting for our country, fighting for our civilization."

6 posted on 03/14/2004 7:04:12 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog; kristinn; tgslTakoma; armymarinemom; YourAdHere
Still looking for the C-SPAN announcement of when they will be broadcasting the rally.
7 posted on 03/14/2004 7:57:15 AM PST by sauropod (I intend to have Red Kerry choke on his past.)
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To: sauropod
I think we may have to start calling and emailing C-Span to ask when they plan to air the tape or put it up for sale.
8 posted on 03/14/2004 7:59:18 AM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: W04Man
It sure looked cold and blustery in your pics -- W02Man! Bless Sen. Dole! I hope he didn't have any negative after effects.

About the WHCA Hilton dinner--- I always thought it was on a Thursday!!?? My calendar for May was fairly clear, but I forgot to check the end of April ------DH has a reunion in Charlottesville and we leave on the last Friday in April. It goes over the week-end, and I'm sick over it!! (I wonder if Jim would miss me if I snuck out of the reunion dinner and went to DC?

Seriously, I'm upset about this. It is the most fun of all the Freeps!!

9 posted on 03/14/2004 11:34:06 AM PST by Exit148
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To: Exit148
Bless Sen. Dole! I hope he didn't have any negative after effects.

He looked frail, from the pneumonia I suppose. And there he stood on the podium and behind the stage - with his coat unbuttoned, no scarf around his open collared shirt, and no hat on his head. He was gracious even as he's ill, and stood there as folks posed for photos with him. Folks did the photo thing quickly, thanked him profusely and wished him a speedy and complete recovery - and told him to go get in out of the cold.

He knows how important a public show of support for our troops is. (Not a grammatically correct sentence, I know.)

Stay well, exit. We'll see you whenever you can make it down this way, and we'll miss you in the meantime.



10 posted on 03/14/2004 12:30:09 PM PST by tgslTakoma (Fayetteville, NC - 3/20/04 - Help defend US soldiers and families from Reds-led "peace" rioters.)
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To: tgslTakoma; W04Man; All
To commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the War in Iraq,
Mike Gallagher is going to do his show from the Pentagon this week!

I think you should contact him and recommend that he interview some of the speakers from your event -- perhaps one or both of you could also be interviewed!!!

Gallagher now has the 5th or 6th most listened to radio show in the country -- he could provide incredible publicity for the Blue Star Mothers and some of the other speakers (the Iraqi (?) who called our President his president -- or something to that effect)!!!!


[BTW: The leftist whiners who organized in Dover today seem to have had a rather small turnout -- and they're backed by ZILLIONARES with access to professional protesters!]

Another thought: Sean Hannity's Hannitization Tour 2004 is going to be visiting the following areas next week -- perhaps Blue Star Mothers, et al, could arrange to guest on his show or speak at one of his events (e.g., the one my family and I plan to attend in Cincinnati)

» Week 5 - San Francisco/San Jose, Fresno/Las Vegas, Norfolk (VA), Pittsburgh (PA), Cincinnati (OH), Jacksonville (FL), Burlington (NC)

BOTTOMLINE: To gain maximum exposure for our pro-military, pro-GWB events/speakers/causes we need to piggyback our efforts with radio/entertainment personalities who can draw large audiences (much as we did with Glenn Beck's Rallies for America)!!!

11 posted on 03/14/2004 6:48:07 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: DrDeb
Checked the link, although Fresno is listed, there is no information concerning that event. Darn, I wanted to see him! Oh well. (Sean Hannity link)
12 posted on 03/14/2004 8:19:29 PM PST by ladyinred (democrats have blood on their hands!)
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To: W04Man
13 posted on 03/15/2004 9:59:36 AM PST by BufordP (I'd rather be Freepin')
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To: W04Man
God bless you guys bump!
14 posted on 03/16/2004 8:57:04 PM PST by Humidston (Two Words: TERM LIMITS)
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