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A Big Support The Troops Rally Tonight! Walter Reed - Week 309, March 18, 2011
March 20, 2011 | Kburi

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 didn’t happen. However, over 40 people including Freepers, Republic of Iraq representatives, Guardian Eagles, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, visitors and wounded warriors participated in tonight’s 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 Iraq’s President conveyed Iraq’s gratitude for what American soldiers had sacrificed for their country’s 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 WO4Man’s video provides the flavor.

WO4Man’s video of last night (3/18/11) at Walter Reed’s rally:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arOxCI8QZHc


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. It’s 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 70’s, 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);


The countdown to the 6th Year Anniversary, or 312 consecutive Friday nights at Walter Reed, is infull swing. On April 8, week 312, we will be remembering all of the Freepers and patriotic groups who have made this support for the wounded warriors possible. Several attendees tonight said they would be back on the 8th. And please note, if you can’t come on the 8th, please come when you can.





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 wouldn’t 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.





Announcements:

Lurker Bill put this video of slides together from the first three years of The DC Chapter of Free Republic’s 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.


Moonbat News

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.


FOOTNOTES

The DC Chapter invites you to join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approximately 9:30pm.



If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing Tom the Redhunter, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal. Directions to our Walter Reed freep location from the Takoma metro station

BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive




March 18, 2011, Photos, (courtesy of Mrs. Trooprally)


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 couldn’t make this trip.


Lisa and ToleranceSucksRocks

BufordP and GunAreOK

TomtheRedhunter


Lurker Bill and TammyCat

Jim from Quantico

After the bus – A Group Picture in front of the MOAB

Both Buses Return To Large Crowd



TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aar; military; moonbats; walterreed

1 posted on 03/20/2011 8:08:39 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndhandrose; 2SterlingConservatives; ...

DC PING!


2 posted on 03/20/2011 8:11:35 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi

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.


3 posted on 03/20/2011 8:16:16 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: kburi

A big shout out to Lurker Bill and WO4Man for their terrific videos which are part of this AAR.

Thanks guys!


4 posted on 03/20/2011 8:20:48 PM PDT by kburi
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To: basil

We hope you can join us before the closure of Walter Reed which is slated for early September.


5 posted on 03/20/2011 8:21:59 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi

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!


6 posted on 03/20/2011 8:40:10 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: kburi; basil

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?


7 posted on 03/20/2011 9:06:53 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: kburi

Thank you so much for a very moving video.


8 posted on 03/20/2011 9:47:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kburi

bttt


9 posted on 03/21/2011 2:06:35 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: kburi; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland PING!


10 posted on 03/21/2011 2:58:31 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: kburi

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)


11 posted on 03/21/2011 3:19:20 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: DollyCali; Tom the Redhunter

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


12 posted on 03/21/2011 3:24:45 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: kburi

Taxman Bravo Zulu!


13 posted on 03/21/2011 5:22:08 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: smokingfrog

I’m so in for that!


14 posted on 03/21/2011 6:18:50 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: kburi

BTTT!


15 posted on 03/21/2011 10:19:09 AM PDT by W04Man (I'm Baaaaaaaaacccccckkkkk......Vets4Sarah.net)
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To: basil; kburi; trooprally; concretebob

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!


16 posted on 03/21/2011 10:34:33 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: kburi

Late getting on here and posting. Looks like all the good comments are taken, so I will just second those mentioned. Thanks for posting.

[Mr] T


17 posted on 03/21/2011 12:56:35 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi; trooprally; BufordP

Nice!!! Great report guys.


18 posted on 03/21/2011 8:07:58 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: kburi

An excellent report indeed. I’ll be back for the 6th year anniversary FReep!


19 posted on 03/26/2011 10:04:04 AM PDT by Tom the Redhunter
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To: trooprally

What a great bunch of Freepers. Thank you all for doing this.


20 posted on 03/27/2011 8:56:42 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: AGreatPer

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.

[Mr] T


21 posted on 03/27/2011 10:33:10 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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