Skip to comments.A Big Support The Troops Rally Tonight! Walter Reed - Week 309, March 18, 2011
Posted on 03/20/2011 8:08:33 PM PDT by kburi
Because of the Anti-war protest starting today at Walter Reed and ending Sunday at Quantico, we expected a number of anti-war protesters at Walter Reed Tonight. It didnt happen. However, over 40 people including Freepers, Republic of Iraq representatives, Guardian Eagles, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, visitors and wounded warriors participated in tonights rally.
The rally was lively and filled with a strong sense of camaraderie.
The evening started with LTC Fred Peterson making comments about the importance of Supporting the Troops. He then introduced the Honorable Wrya Saeed Rwandzi, Senior Advisor to the President, Republic of Iraq. Mr. Rwandzi said Iraqs President conveyed Iraqs gratitude for what American soldiers had sacrificed for their countrys liberation and freedom. The video by WO4Man captures his short talk, and also gives the reader a feel for actually being at the front gate, hearing the honks, seeing the ambulance turn into Walter Reed and being there when the buses return from dinner. We write about it each week, but WO4Mans video provides the flavor.
WO4Mans video of last night (3/18/11) at Walter Reeds rally:
We were honored to be joined by Sam, LTC, a wounded warrior suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She spent the entire evening with us and we convey all the best wishes for her recovery. ConcreteBob was in high spirits! ConcreteBob was responsible for securing a permit for all four corners almost 6 years ago! This kicked Code Pink and their ilk, way down the block and away from the Walter Reed front gate. Its always good to see Uncle Jimbo of Blackfive. Check out Blackfive for a short video right before the Friday night rally.
Many who attended tonight will be at the White House to join others counter protesting the leftist Veterans Peace Rally and Action.
For the first time in weeks, we had great weather, clear, in the low 70s, and No wind, which meant the MOAB (Mother Of All Banners) was back in action. With all four corners fully manned, the passing cars, trucks and buses kept up a loud affirmation of Support the Troops with their honks and waves.
Let us not forget the Wounded Warriors who arrived in the two large ambulances during our stay. It quiets down when as the ambulance turns into Walter Reed and silent prayers are said.
Two buses with wounded warriors returned tonight and were met by over 40 enthusiastic flag- waving, sign-holding Americans who support them and their families.
Again, we all thank Aleethia Foundation for coordinating the Friday night dinners and the restaurants who provide the meals,
PrezUSA222 and ConcreteBob
Trooprally, LTC Peterson, interpreter and the Honorable Wrya Saeed Rwandzi, Senior Advisor to the President, Republic of Iraq.
The DC Chapter of Free Republic thanks all who joined us last night at Walter Reed. (see below) It was a great beginning to three days of counter rallies against the Anti-Military, anti-America leftist Veterans for Peace Rally and Action demonstrators.
Visitors on March 18, 2011
Bev Perlson (Band of Mothers); LTC Fred Peterson ( Guardian Eagles); the Honorable Wrya Saeed Rwandzi - Senior Advisor to the President of Iraq and interpreter; Sam ( LTC, a wounded warrior); Uncle Jimbo (Blackfive); Susankatzkeating (Virginia and blogger extraodinaire); Lisa (Woodbridge, Va); Luke Petrino, Walter,Ted and Paul (all from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Ohio); Tim, Bruce and Garth ( New Jersey); Fred (Delaware); Bill Steiner (Pennsylvania -Steiner exposed the Shanksville Flight 93 Memorial as a fraud containing islamic symbols and structures); Andrea from NJ and Daniella from NY (sophomores at George Washington University); John and Roger from Connecticut; Provi (Rhode Island National Guard, but lives in nearby Maryland); and .Jim ( Quantico);
Announcement of 6th Year Anniversary at Walter Reed (April 8, 2011):
On April 8, 2011, The DC Chapter of Free Republic will complete 6 years, or 312 consecutive Friday nights, at the Front Gates of Walter Reed. We invite all those Freepers who were here at the beginning, or those who have joined us periodically to join us on that night.
Without them, and there were many, we wouldnt have been able to make this strong statement of support for the wounded warriors and their families. We also invite all the visitors who have stopped by to also join us.
Lurker Bill put this video of slides together from the first three years of The DC Chapter of Free Republics Friday rallies. Many familiar faces and memories of all the visitors.
THIS IS A MUST SEE VIDEO by DCPW1776
HONOR ROLL for March 11, 2011
ConcreteBob, Mr and Mrs Trooprally, ToleranceSucksRocks, CindyTrueSupporter, Lurker Bill, RonGKirby, Fraxinus, Tammycat(and Idaho), TomTheRedhunter; Chief, GunsAreOK, PrezUSA222, TJ, WO4Man, RLmorel and Kburi.
Twelve moonbats for the evening. There was at least one veteran who joined them. He walked up and spent some time talking with Uncle Jimbo and several others. Nothing confrontational.
The DC Chapter invites you to join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approximately 9:30pm.
BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive
Bev Perlson, Luke, Bill Steiner talking with CindyTrueSupporter
ConcreteBob and Uncle Jimbo calmly talking to Iraq Veteran Against the War
Bruce, Tim and Garth from NJ
RLmorel (holding sign) from Massachusetts, Brought Greetings from Veeram and CDfinger, who couldnt make this trip.
Lisa and ToleranceSucksRocks
BufordP and GunAreOK
Lurker Bill and TammyCat
Jim from Quantico
After the bus A Group Picture in front of the MOAB
Both Buses Return To Large Crowd
It’s always great to read your reports each week. I’m sure the wounded vets in the hospital appreciate your being there.
I hope to return to DC before long and join you one more time.
A big shout out to Lurker Bill and WO4Man for their terrific videos which are part of this AAR.
We hope you can join us before the closure of Walter Reed which is slated for early September.
God Bless all of you guys and gals. Thank you all! I really dont any other words for what you do. God Bless you all!
Great work as usual by all the DC area FReepers!
Maybe we should try to get some Texans together for a road trip around September?
Thank you so much for a very moving video.
wonderful & complete report with wonderful pix. Thank you so much sir, you make us feel we were part of the festivities across the miles.
Nice to see those faces I miss & hope to see again in near future.
Appreciate these AAR’s .
The DC FReepers should have a Facebook Page. Maybe Tom the Redhunter could do a piggy back off his?
smooch to all & happy spring (I HOPE.. winter has been LONG and HARSH)
opps.. correction. Not sure Tom has a FB page. I connected via LinkedIn but I am not active there at all.. Am at FB. Not sure if any of the active DC folks are on FB
Taxman Bravo Zulu!
I’m so in for that!
She is so right kburi, many of us wait and search for these reports, thank you!
Basil, I am planning two trips up there, Easter and Summer. I hope we can meet again at one of those times.
It is nice to see such a large and excited crowd...I am sure the “regulars” and all of us appreciated the effort!
Late getting on here and posting. Looks like all the good comments are taken, so I will just second those mentioned. Thanks for posting.
Nice!!! Great report guys.
An excellent report indeed. I’ll be back for the 6th year anniversary FReep!
What a great bunch of Freepers. Thank you all for doing this.
You are welcome. But don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for all your support at WR. It may be not a frequent now, but in the past you have stood with us many times.