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Military Families Begin 10-Day Caravan In Bay Area
NBC11.com ^ | March 8, 2007 | NBC11.com

Posted on 03/08/2007 6:12:23 PM PST by mdittmar

A group of Military families began a cross-country journey in San Francisco Thursday to show their support of the Troops in Iraq.

The group called "Move America Forward" is sponsoring the caravan.

It kicked off Thursday morning and held the first of dozens of rallies in Lafayette.

Organizers said they wanted to protest an unofficial memorial for service people killed in the war that sits on a Lafayette hillside.

Two peace groups have planted thousands of crosses across the street from the Bay Area Rapid Transit Station.

One man who is took part in the event said his son was killed in the Anbar province of Iraq.

"He was a United States Marine and it's not right to use the deaths of our soldiers. They call it they're honoring them. It's not an honor. It's a disrespectful thing," said Scott Conover of the display.

Members of the Lamorinda peace group held a counter rally in Lafayette.

"We want our troops to come home and we want to support our troops and we think the best way to support our troops is to bring them home," said Joe Trickvic.

The caravanning group said it plans to hold 25 rallies across the country before arriving in Washington, D.C., March 17.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: americanpatriots; caravan; gatheringofeagles; moveamericaforward; thewall; vietnammemorial

1 posted on 03/08/2007 6:12:25 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

That was a good news report. Thanks for posting it.


2 posted on 03/08/2007 6:18:18 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: mdittmar
Thank you for this thread, I hope more information is on line.

We need a live thread about the Caravan and its stops!
3 posted on 03/08/2007 6:19:37 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (!yaw gnorw eht su ekat lliw noitartsinimdA inailuiG A)
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To: mdittmar

How the hell is a memorial disrespectful? There aren't any peace signs that I've seen, just a field of crosses. I'll have to take a closer look next week.


4 posted on 03/08/2007 6:22:09 PM PST by amchugh
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To: mdittmar

I plan to join this group in Columbia, SC.


5 posted on 03/08/2007 6:23:58 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Support your local EOD Detachment)
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To: amchugh
Nice try,you know why they put it up.
6 posted on 03/08/2007 6:26:49 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: mdittmar

Thanks for finding and posting this report. I wonder if the Conover family are FReepers. It was nice to see the U.S. flags, especially the very large one.


7 posted on 03/08/2007 6:35:40 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: amchugh

Your politics are not "all over the map." You're just another leftist.


8 posted on 03/08/2007 6:36:33 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: mdittmar

Thanks for the report. Prayers for a safe journey for the caravan and for large groups at the 25 rallies along the way to DC.

FReep On!


9 posted on 03/08/2007 6:37:55 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
We need a live thread about the Caravan and its stops!

Start one.

10 posted on 03/08/2007 6:39:21 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: mdittmar
This one would be a good start as the caravan arrives at an area maybe the locals could let us know any Information on number in the caravan and any local news.

I will be in Dallas while the Caravan is there and I will try to update with anything I find out.
11 posted on 03/08/2007 6:49:22 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (!yaw gnorw eht su ekat lliw noitartsinimdA inailuiG A)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Detailed Caravan Itinerary Here

Thanks, HuntsvilleTX, I'll be looking forward to your and others' reports ...;^)

12 posted on 03/08/2007 6:51:40 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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To: mdittmar

bttt


13 posted on 03/08/2007 6:55:47 PM PST by bmwcyle (It is time to stop the left at the wall.)
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To: mdittmar
Caravan sets out from San Francisco for Washington DC, but made a stop in Lafayette CA.....

Pro-Troops confront antiwar demonstrators at rally in Lafayette CA
(Lots of pics)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1797748/posts

14 posted on 03/08/2007 7:02:50 PM PST by XR7
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To: mdittmar

Of course I know why they put it up. But how did it come to the point where the demonstration of remembrance could be used as a political weapon. I'm not naming names, but there have been individuals who've been avoiding being seen at service member funerals; There are organizations that seem to avoid mention of the individuals who are sacrificing their lives for our country. If we refuse to memorialize our heroes doesn't it look like a tacit admission that we somehow undervalue their sacrifice? We should always say first and foremost that sacrificing one's life for one's country is the noblest of acts, and something to be proud of rather than some admission of failure.


15 posted on 03/08/2007 7:26:45 PM PST by amchugh
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To: amchugh

I will not reply to you after this post,please don't ever post to me again.


16 posted on 03/08/2007 7:34:35 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: amchugh

I'm thinking that perhaps you have misunderstood who planted the crosses on that hill. It is the moonbats who put them there as a protest of the War on Terror. They are not there to memorialize our fallen soldiers but to use our fallen soldiers as pawns in a political statement. Those crosses do not honor our dead heros, they insult them.


17 posted on 03/08/2007 7:58:47 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Point taken. Until today I was unaware of the motive for the memorial, and have passed it many times on the freeway. I thought it was a beautiful but solemn visual image, and appreciated that someone cared enough about the troops to put it up, but now that you've put it in context I'll reconsider. Much of this county was Pombo's district until recently, and I didn't think a memorial with any overt political message could have been erected here, but I just moved here.


18 posted on 03/08/2007 8:10:18 PM PST by amchugh
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To: mdittmar

BTTT!


19 posted on 03/08/2007 8:14:16 PM PST by Chena
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To: mdittmar
From the article

"We want our troops to come home and we want to support our troops and we think the best way to support our troops is to bring them home," said Joe Trickvic.

Hey Joe, the best way to support our troops is to support their mission!

20 posted on 03/08/2007 8:15:32 PM PST by Chena
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...

PING FOR G.O.E.


21 posted on 03/08/2007 8:16:40 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: amchugh

The anti-war nuts started doing this at Cindy Shehan's Camp Casey near the President's ranch. They put the names of fallen soldiers on the crosses without permission from the families. It was very hurtful to those families. They are still using this tactic and it is still hurting the families.


22 posted on 03/08/2007 8:48:55 PM PST by WVNan
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To: WVNan

They've moved through Fresno Ca.
Good size crowd.
The local CBS TV station (CBS 47) will have a story on them tonight at 11..


23 posted on 03/08/2007 9:33:56 PM PST by cakid
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To: mdittmar

B T T T


24 posted on 03/08/2007 9:35:45 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: amchugh

There are lots of signs around that make their agenda obvious. Hopefully, someone will post pictures of the Lafayette rally.


25 posted on 03/09/2007 12:07:30 AM PST by PatL
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To: La Enchiladita

I made it from Lafayette to Sacramento. Missed the one in Stockton. The crowds were not huge but they were enthusiastic. The scheduling was a little too ambitious.
I'm sorry I can't go all the way to Washington, DC.
Just a suggestion. The Lafayette to Vacaville caravan went great, but the cars were more spread out after that. It would help to have a list of all the caravaners and to give out the cell phone number of a passenger in the lead car who can direct the traffic.


26 posted on 03/09/2007 12:24:57 AM PST by PatL
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To: WVNan
The anti-war nuts started doing this at Cindy Shehan's Camp Casey near the President's ranch. They put the names of fallen soldiers on the crosses without permission from the families. It was very hurtful to those families. They are still using this tactic and it is still hurting the families.

Two of the families that frequently counter-protest here in Tucson are Gold Star families, one father a Marine veteran, the other an Airborne Ranger veteran. When they see a sign with their son's picture (they usually have hundreds of tiny pictures pasted on without permission) they charge over and demand their son's names be taken off - immediately. The moonbats have pretty much abandoned that type of sign here, although the occasional newcomer still makes that mistake.
27 posted on 03/09/2007 3:44:55 AM PST by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: PatL; amchugh
Hopefully, someone will post pictures of the Lafayette rally.

See reply #14 above.

28 posted on 03/09/2007 6:01:41 AM PST by XR7
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To: mdittmar

We'uns in TN would love to keep up with y'all.

I'll be in Atlanta at the Rally on Wednesday, and I'm flying to Washington for 3/17

Looking forward to seeing you there. I'll be the one crying at the sight of all those beautiful American flags and at the sound of the patriotic music. I usually do. I love America and I'm so proud of the military, and so proud and thankful to be American.


29 posted on 03/09/2007 2:44:26 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: PatL
I'm sorry I can't go all the way to Washington, DC.

So am I. Couldn't even meet them at their L.A. stop today... I was working.

30 posted on 03/09/2007 8:15:20 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Hunter/Poe 2008 "Once again, our government is on the wrong side of the border war")
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