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Ralliers in D.C. Work To Build Counterweight To Antiwar Movement
Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2008 | V. Dion Haynes

Posted on 03/15/2008 8:16:38 PM PDT by mdittmar

Chanting such slogans as "surrender is not an option" and waving American flags, a few hundred people from across the country rallied and paraded in downtown Washington yesterday to support the war.

The demonstration was sponsored by Eagles UP!, an organization founded by veterans in the wake of a war protest about a year ago that drew thousands to Washington. Although small in number, the demonstrators said yesterday that they represent many others from their home towns who believe there needs to be a more vocal counterweight to the antiwar movement.

"We cannot be the silent majority again," Lawrence B. Hoffa of Mequon, Wis., a retired Marine who serves as Southeast coordinator of Eagles UP!, said at the rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument. "We've got to get more people here. We've got to get people motivated."

Debbie Lee, whose Navy SEAL son Marc Alan Lee was killed in Iraq in August 2006, urged the demonstrators to stand up against antiwar organizations such as Code Pink, which she asserted are "trying to destroy our military."

"I've used my voice to speak out for the troops," she said. "I understand the sacrifice they've made and how they've blessed this nation."


(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aar; codepink; dc; dcchapter; eaglesup; gatheringofeagles; goe; maf; rally; supportourtroops

1 posted on 03/15/2008 8:16:38 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Take that code pink or whatever you are!


2 posted on 03/15/2008 8:22:08 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: mdittmar

Let me know who I contact to be a part of this. Tired of sitting on the sidelines.


3 posted on 03/15/2008 8:23:37 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? ((Ok, Im the official Pit Bull Defender/If you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.)
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To: When do we get liberated?

Which isn’t to say I am not a hell of a cheerleader from the sidelines....


4 posted on 03/15/2008 8:24:28 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? ((Ok, Im the official Pit Bull Defender/If you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.)
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To: mdittmar

Ping!


5 posted on 03/15/2008 8:36:44 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: mdittmar

I have also heard of a group called “Vet’s For Victory” a pro troop group...


6 posted on 03/15/2008 8:37:41 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: Trueblackman

Hey Kevin - the photo at the site was taken by our “buddy” today. He loved that shot. He also took pics of the little girl dancing while waving her little flag.


7 posted on 03/15/2008 8:41:23 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Keith Brown

Are you thinking of “Vets for Freedom”?


8 posted on 03/15/2008 8:41:56 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: mdittmar; molette67; Just A Nobody; concretebob

Molette67 and her husband Mole at today's rally


Another pic of Mole and Molette67


Jihad er Hanooi Jane's HQ



I don't know who this nice looking lady is, but I liked her sign

I had a great time today. I met Just A Nobody, Saw Mr. and Mrs T again, and met ConcreteBob this weekend. I hope to be going back again in April for to show support for General Petraeus.

And it was great meting J.A.N. I am glad you made it. It was an honor because you are a great American!

9 posted on 03/15/2008 8:47:16 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: When do we get liberated?

http://gatheringofeagles.org/

http://eaglesup.us/

These sites will keep you informed on when and where rallies are going on.


10 posted on 03/15/2008 8:50:03 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: do the dhue

Looks like a beautiful day! Thank you for sharing the pictures. I would love to make it out there sometime in the near future...


11 posted on 03/15/2008 9:07:41 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (The Liberty Rocks Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ also see; http://www.libertyrocks.us)
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To: When do we get liberated?
Let me know who I contact to be a part of this.

Here's a start:

FreeRepublic Activism/Chapters (News/Activism)

Gathering of Eagles

Eagles Up!

Move America Forward

Families United for our Troops and their Mission

If you are a vet, there are these:

Vets for Freedom

Vets for Victory (you were right!)

12 posted on 03/15/2008 9:09:49 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: LibertyRocks

It was a very beautiful day and all week rain was in the forecast, but I believe God shined on us today! Hope to see you there one day. We will be rallying in DC in April (looks like the first week of April) to support General Petraeus during while he speaks to Congress. Keep your eye on the Gathering of Eagles link here on FR. I am sure there will be something there when the date is known.


13 posted on 03/15/2008 9:16:35 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: do the dhue
No, no...the honor was all mine. Meeting the great patriot known as "do the dhue" made the day complete!

I am glad you were able to make it today and look forward to seeing you again next month! ;*)

14 posted on 03/15/2008 9:16:48 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Just A Nobody

I am sorry Just A Nobody, but you are far greater of a Patriot then I and the honor is all mine. And I will stand my ground on that too!

I am going to do my very best to be there in April. It will be on a Monday, I hear tell. But I will do what I can to be there and I am sure we will see each other again.


15 posted on 03/15/2008 9:21:18 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: do the dhue

I want to take my kids to D.C. on vacation and Spring would be the most lovely time to do that.

I’ll be praying that we get the money to get our vehicle all fixed up (it’s safe, but not for long distance - we are in WI). Then perhaps we’ll coincide our educational field trip with the GOE Event! That would be a lot of fun - and an honor to meet all of you in person! In the meantime, I’ll be with you all in spirit whenever you’re out there standing up for our troops!

God bless you all, and thank you for your dedication!


16 posted on 03/15/2008 9:37:06 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (The Liberty Rocks Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ also see; http://www.libertyrocks.us)
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To: LibertyRocks
Thank you for your support. And that would be great and I will say a prayer for you and yours too.

God bless you and once again your support is much appreciated.

17 posted on 03/15/2008 9:40:36 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Amen!


18 posted on 03/15/2008 9:54:47 PM PDT by yooling ( "Ah, beer. The cause of and the solution to all of life's problems." H. Simpson)
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To: Keith Brown; All

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NEVER FORGET

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Saddleback College plans Memorial Day completion of new monument

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1982490/posts

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NEVER FORGET

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19 posted on 03/15/2008 9:55:50 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: do the dhue

Was the guy’s wife wearing a black shirt that said “Fight Them there...” on the front, and “Or Fight Them Here?”


20 posted on 03/15/2008 10:34:32 PM PDT by wastedyears (IRON MAIDEN TONIGHT)
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To: mdittmar; doug from upland

Hayes did a nice job. He is an investigative reporter. His focus is DC schools. I guess Saturday is a slow school day. Washington must have been hopping in all other parts of the city yesterday Hayes apparently wasn’t able to file this story until late, it’s on A13.

But the front page has other related war news:

A Crude Case for War (Distilling Oil as the Cause)
I Love the Army But I Have To Leave It
The Wounded Warrior at Home (WRAMC investigation)
Veteran is Diagnosed, Then Charged (Attempted suicide, 5 pages)
-All manner of subtitled articles regarding suicide
Almost Home, But Facing More Delays (2007)
When the War Comes Home

(There must be a reference book from which to choose titles, and it utilizes country and old war music song titles.)


21 posted on 03/16/2008 3:50:10 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: wastedyears

Yes and I had a hooded sweet shirt that said the same thing.


22 posted on 03/16/2008 4:44:22 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: mdittmar; freema; Just A Nobody; do the dhue; kristinn; When do we get liberated?
Well, Kristinn, as usual, did his very best.
However, I'm getting tired of reporters using the term "pro-war".
Now in fairness, Mr Deon did not use that term, he said we support the war.

While technically he could say that and not be incorrect, it is a misnomer.

We support the troops fighting the war on terror;
we support the Iraqi people in their efforts to bring stability and freedom to their country;
we suport the continuation of the battle to achieve this.

In short, we support victory and those who fight for it.On a much more personal note:
Holy Schamoley, it was a GREAT DAY. I feel much better about this weekend now than I did yesterday.
I will have an AAR posted on one of my sites soon.
I was too busy running around getting stuff organized to take pictures (I hate being in the middle of all this stuff, cause it limits my direct participation in the festivities), but I LOVE being in the middle of all this stuff cause someone had to do it; so anyone who took pictures FReepmail me and we'll work something out.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT!!!!!!!!!

This Ain't Hell, (but you can see it from here) has a great write up on the weekend's festivities, with words and pictures and videos and everything.

23 posted on 03/16/2008 9:34:44 AM PDT by concretebob (If liberals aren't traitors, their only defense at this point is they are incredibly stupid)
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To: concretebob

Pro war is good. war is good. dead enemies by the tens of thousands is extremely goood. Wailing women in destroyed homes are good.

Victory after destroying the enemy is priceless


24 posted on 03/16/2008 9:49:16 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: concretebob; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; ...

Very good and clear points about terminology.

Thank you so much! and thank you for the link to the writeup of the weekend!


25 posted on 03/16/2008 9:56:29 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: concretebob

Thanks for picking me up and dropping me off at the bus station, Bob! I just got back to Rachacha at 9am and need to catch some shut-eye, but it was great meeting everyone and the highlight was when the school kids on the bus from California, joined in with us on the March on Constitution Ave.! (actually, it was all a highlight to me, you guys are the best!)

I’ll post more later, when I won’t be nodding out at the keyboard after 12 hours down (to DC), 12 hours rallying in support of our troops and their mission, 12 hours back (to Rochester)! :-)

rochester_veteran


26 posted on 03/16/2008 10:13:25 AM PDT by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com)
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To: freema

Thanks for the ping, freema. Looks like a good turnout. I especially liked the Hanoi Jane’s HQ photo. LOL.


27 posted on 03/16/2008 10:31:35 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: mdittmar; Keith Brown

Great work! looks like three was a good turnout! Sorry I wasn’t there :-(

BTW: There is also “Iraq Vets for Congress”. Duncan Hunter is on that list for congressional seat besides many others. We need to take some of those seats back and put the right kind of leaders up!


28 posted on 03/16/2008 6:31:16 PM PDT by zoomie81 ( God Bless Our Military)
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To: do the dhue
see you there.

free dixie,sw

29 posted on 03/16/2008 7:27:33 PM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. Thomas Jefferson, 1804)
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To: stand watie

Can’t wait!


30 posted on 03/16/2008 7:53:56 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: mdittmar

WHAT??? the (com)Post reporting on a PRO-war event??? Wait, has there been a hurricane in Omaha, or an ice storm in Saudi Arabia? Must be the world is coming to an end!!


31 posted on 03/16/2008 11:27:41 PM PDT by Spacetrucker (tick tock, tick tock - it's the Dinosaur Media Death Clock!!)
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To: do the dhue

!!!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 03/17/2008 8:15:55 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. Thomas Jefferson, 1804)
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To: do the dhue

That lady is Jenny, the Connecticut GOE coordinator!


33 posted on 03/18/2008 10:18:51 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: RaceBannon

DANG!!

Wished I would have known that!

Thanks,


34 posted on 03/18/2008 10:53:54 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Just A Nobody
hey it was nice to meet you what a nice day we had sat. wish i could make it for april but i really don't think that we can but we will be there in spirit!
35 posted on 03/19/2008 5:57:45 AM PDT by molette67
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To: mdittmar
God Bless our troops and those who support them! Photobucket
36 posted on 03/26/2008 2:59:24 PM PDT by xuberalles ("Barack Obama: Change Is A Dime Bag!" http://www.cafepress.com/titillatingtees.225246874)
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