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Slowly, very slowly, Winding Down at Walter Reed - Week 330 August 12, 2011
August 16, 2011 | Kburi

Posted on 08/16/2011 5:09:07 PM PDT by kburi

It’s 6:30 pm on Friday evening at Walter Reed. Flag Row is being set up and the banners are on three corners. The first FReepers are taking to the corners with signs and flags.
As the first flag is posted , passing cars start honking and don’t stop until we have left for the evening.
Tonight, as usual, we talked with wounded warriors, family members and staff who were walking into or out of Walter Reed. And the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) bus stopped for a rare third time allowing some of us to directly thank the wounded warriors for their service.

Three weeks from now these corners will be silent and empty on Friday evenings for the first time in almost 6 and a half years.
All the wounded warriors and staff will have been transferred to Bethesda or Ft Belvoir. And our mission, to support the troops and their families at Walter Reed, will have come to an end.

The regular Friday nights started April 15 2005, as a counter protest to Code Pink which was demonstrating against the wounded at Walter Reed.
Their protests were anti-military, some signs were vile, and had no place in front of Walter Reed where severely wounded soldiers were brought to recover.
Those early days were confrontational until January 20, 2006, when the DC Chapter of Free Republic took over all four corners at Walter Reed’s front gate.
This meant that families of wounded warriors and the wounded warriors themselves didn’t have to see anti- military protesters as they were entering or leaving Walter Reed.
We have been there for the troops and their families for 330 consecutive Friday evenings to insure that Code Pink types did not return to the front gates of Walter Reed. They haven’t!

Over the years, more than 200 Free Republic members and "lurkers" have spent multiple evenings at these Friday night rallies. And over two thousand additional Americans from all over the country, have visited with us on their travels to DC. On 9/11/09 alone, almost 700 visitors were with us at the front gates of Walter Reed!

Our presence has not been a commitment, but an honor in which we have been privileged to participate.

Our presence has been meaningful: Walter Reed staff, officers, wounded warriors’ family members, and, especially the wounded warriors themselves, have repeatedly told us how important our presence has been to their morale.

A writer of an early After Action Report summed up our mission as: “ Lifting the spirits of our war-wounded heroes is what we aim to do. “



To see After Action Reports beginning in March 2005, please check BufordP’s Walter Reed Freep Archives :

BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive



Tonight we were joined by two wounded warriors, Patrick and David. In addition, a visitor, Peter came to visit for awhile. He volunteers for the Red Cross at WRAMC and also coordinates Team River Runner which takes wounded warriors kayaking weekly.

The DAV bus returned and stopped. We were able to briefly visit with the wounded warriors and their families.

Special thanks and a shout out to Ron, the DAV driver. He has been a volunteer driver for the Aleethia Foundation for over seven years, and has been especially supportive of the wounded warriors.




Tonight was the 330th consecutive Friday night that the DC Chapter of Free Republic has been at the front gates of Walter Reed to support our soldiers. Our calculator says that is 6 years, 4 months and 2 weeks of consecutive Friday evenings. A lot of people over the six years have made this commitment possible.
It doesn’t seem possible, but after tonight only two Friday evenings remain.

August Calendar For the Walter Reed Transition

The DC Chapter of Free Republic invites all who have participated over the past 6 ½ years to join us on either or both of the two remaining dates below.

August 19, and 26 We will continue at the front gates until the last wounded warriors are moved to Bethesda. We expect the Friday night dinner buses to operate through early August. However, it depends on how many wounded warriors sign up. Many are already at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda.


The Aleethia Foundation will continue to coordinate these dinners from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, or WRNMMC for short.

The DC Chapter will continue at the front gates of Walter Reed until August 26. Walter Reed officially closes during the last week of August .






FReepers, Lurkers and Visitors on August 12, 2011

Mr. and Mrs Trooprally, BufordP, CindyTrueSupporter, Fraxinus, Kburi, Lurkers Allie, Bill, and Jim, RonGKirby, Sensei Ern, Tammycat and Idaho, VictoryNY, Visitors Kim and Peter.


Moonbat News

Seven moonbats tonight and all left promptly at 9 pm. Still very quiet on the moonbat front.

No longer Code Pink, just a few union members carrying their water.
They are barely noticed by passing motorists.



FOOTNOTES

The DC Chapter invites you to join us for the last two Friday nights between the hours of 6:30pm to approximately 9:30pm. The last Walter Reed dinner buses are scheduled through early August. And we will be at the front gates until the last wounded warrior has been transferred (August 26 will be our last Friday night). So the clock is ticking and we would be honored to have you join us before these long term consecutive Friday evening rallies come to a close.



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




August 12, 2011 Photos, (courtesy of Mrs. Trooprally)



Volunteer Bus Driver, Ron.
He has been driving the troops for seven years.






TammyCat, VictoryNY, Allie and CindyTrue Supporter
This corner gets a lot of honks!



BufordP and RonGKirby


BufordP, Jim, Kburi, RonGKirby, Peter and Trooprally
Code Pink held this corner for several months in 2005



David and Patrick – Wounded Warriors drop by to talk




Bill, BufordP and Kburi

VictoryNY and the Hospital in background.
The last troops to be moved are on the top two floors.
Six years ago, these two corners at the front gate were Code Pink, anti-military territory.
ConcreteBob got us permits for all four corners, moving Code Pink members a long way
from the front gates.




Peter, Trooprally, Kim and Sensei Ern



Jim and Fraxinus



One ambulance tonight – two views


Friday Night Bus Returns Wounded Warriors From Dinner




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

1 posted on 08/16/2011 5:09:13 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndhandrose; 2SterlingConservatives; ...

DC PING


2 posted on 08/16/2011 5:16:53 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi

Thanks for the great AAR. I have bittersweet thoughts about not being at WR on Friday nights. Our wounded warriors really appreciate us being there. Some do not realize that the moonbats are down the block, as it should be. I call that “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”.

Things that I will not miss: Temperatures in the teens, wind chills just as low, Hurricane Ernesto where no one had dry clothes even with full body rain gear, Snowmagedan, 115 heat indexes, growing old at WR, chipping away 2” ice on the sidewalks so we can stand there.

Things that I WILL miss: That humbling experience when a soldier in a wheel chair with double amputations rolls out of the gates to thank us for being out there, the friendship of fellow FReepers, the 2 Walter Reed chaplains that pulled over and blessed our group, pizza, celebrating birthdays, all the honks, waves and salutes of passing supporters of our troops, the doctors that stop and tell us that we really are helping the soldiers to mentally deal with their injuries.

Three things that helped get me threw several long, rough nights at WR:
We let our Vietnam Vets down, we will not let down this generation of heroes. Our soldiers protect the home front and we will protect their rear guard. We have a dog in the fight with our active duty Marine son.

Thank you to all our Vets and active duty military. Semper Fi

[Mr] T


3 posted on 08/16/2011 5:55:43 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland PING!


4 posted on 08/16/2011 8:11:52 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: kburi

Thank you guys for all your support.


5 posted on 08/16/2011 8:22:48 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: trooprally

So many memories and you state them so well. I will miss being able to share these Friday nights with you guys. God bless you all.


6 posted on 08/16/2011 10:29:33 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: WVNan

Yep, I forgot to mention that I will miss the “leggs” contests.

We always have the Olney FReep. I have been remiss in not posting an AAR for about a year. But there is not much difference to write about every week. The Quakers, about 4 whose average age is 1960’s throw back hippies, just stand there. And they come only when the weather is good.

Our side averages around 8-10. Good conversation, local Legion joins us, lots of waves and honks. At least one of our 2 WWII Vets show up each week, rain or shine, hot or cold.

[Mr] T


7 posted on 08/17/2011 2:24:44 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Hi from Florida and thanks for posting the great photos! Bless you all for all you have done to stand in support of our troops! We were honored to get to stand with you a few times, and know you all will be there until all our wounded warriors are moved to the new medical center. God Bless our Military!


8 posted on 08/17/2011 10:12:05 AM PDT by seekthetruth (Florida and the Nation needs Colonel Mike McCalister in the US Senate!)
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To: trooprally

Tell those WWII vets I salute them and send them a cyber hug for their service.


9 posted on 08/17/2011 1:42:32 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: seekthetruth

Ditto that, God Bless our Military


10 posted on 08/17/2011 2:18:57 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: WVNan

I will have [Mrs] T transfer your cyber hug for a real one.


11 posted on 08/17/2011 2:20:08 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Good deal. Thank you.....and her.


12 posted on 08/17/2011 3:09:37 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: kburi; 2ndClassCitizen; 3D-JOY; AConservativeRealist; ALlRightAllTheTime; Angelwood; BillF; ...

Great job on this and every AAR, kburi; with a shout-out to three of the DC Chapter’s former AAR writers, BillF, PleaDeal and Tom the Redhunter; and to kristinn, tgsltakoma and Angelwood who led the DC Chapter from its Clinton days through the first three years of the Walter Reed rallies; to Mr. and Mrs. Trooprally for leading until now, and and also to principal AAR photograpers Mrs Trooprally, PleaDeal, Tom the Redhunter, iMacMan and Gadsdenman.

And I would personally like to thank the leftist monsters down the street and their soulless union puppeteers who paid them to be there week after week bearing spiteful and treasonous signs. Without your inspiration, we FReepers may not have realized how much our counter-rallies, gratitude and support would matter to the troops and passersby.

So thank you, all you pathetic old commies. We took your lemons and made lemonade for the soldiers.

Also, purposely under the radar, in a program started by FReeper LandryFan and Dustin10thMountain (one of the recovering soldiers at WRAMC who had lost an eye), were our stealth activities on base to provide one-on-one support: thank-you hugs, handshakes, conversations, listening ears, resource directions and gift items. From books and DVDs to snacks, grooming items and clothing, an association of FReepers from across the country donated approximately $250,000 worth of gifts, acted as drivers for various events, took recovering troops out for day trips or dinners, gathered greeting cards and children’s letters from their communities, held barbecues for the wounded and formed a dedicated prayer group to petition for Divine support for the troops, their families, WRAMC medical caregivers and staff.

I would shout-out the names of the many FReepers who led this effort, but it was done in the spirit of selfless giving inspired by our Western civilization that miraculously grew out of the same middle east that now houses the enemies of peace, so I will just say: you know who you are, C, T, L, B, E, and so many others.

—All in response to a handful of nasty hippies who thought they would relive the 60s outside of Walter Reed — well done, pinko dirtbags!


13 posted on 08/18/2011 9:28:09 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (To ACLU & its plaintiffs: Stop dragging the public into your personal struggle w/ God. -Mark Baisley)
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To: Albion Wilde
So thank you, all you pathetic old commies. We took your lemons and made lemonade for the soldiers.

Thanks for your dedication to this effort!

14 posted on 08/18/2011 10:16:18 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Prov1322

Thanks for introducing me to FR!!!


15 posted on 08/18/2011 10:20:05 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (To ACLU & its plaintiffs: Stop dragging the public into your personal struggle w/ God. -Mark Baisley)
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To: Albion Wilde
As always...YW!

;>D

16 posted on 08/18/2011 10:25:06 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Albion Wilde

Well said, er written


17 posted on 08/18/2011 11:59:02 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother ("God left Africa a long time ago." - LT A. K Waters)
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To: kburi

God bless all for a mission well done!!!! Thanks to all of the Walter Reed FReepers for the years of service to our veterans and their families!! Braving freezing weather, chipping ice from the sidewalks, etc to rally is an inspiration to those of us still on the line!! Please pass congratulations on to all those involved from California!

Deborah Leigh aka oneamericanvoice


18 posted on 08/18/2011 2:11:45 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: kburi; trooprally; BufordP; cindy-true-supporter; Fraxinus; Albion Wilde; kristinn; ...

Great job, everyone!! Well done!!


19 posted on 08/18/2011 2:17:16 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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Thanks!
19½ posted on 08/18/2011 7:34:34 PM EDT by Everybody (Have a beer!)

To: 3D-Joy; 50mm; AGreatPer; Bockscar; calcowgirl; cindyTrueSupporter; concretebob; Disco Dave; ...
Everybody says thanks, JR!

If you want off my ping list get over it!


20 posted on 08/18/2011 4:38:55 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: kburi; BufordP; Jim Robinson
Amen and Thanks. Well done, Well Done Indeed!
21 posted on 08/18/2011 5:02:16 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Albion Wilde
"—All in response to a handful of nasty hippies who thought they would relive the 60s outside of Walter Reed — well done, pinko dirtbags!"

Never thought of the pinkos this way but I agree and like your thinking.

I would like to add an "A" to your list.

Thanks

[Mr] T

22 posted on 08/18/2011 5:30:15 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Jim Robinson
And who can forget that cold, wet, snowy Friday night before the first Gathering of Eagles Rally on March 17,2009. Thanks JimRob for making the trip.



[Mr] T
23 posted on 08/18/2011 5:52:20 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: BufordP

Thanks for the ping, but this thread is out of focus, just so you know.


24 posted on 08/19/2011 4:51:08 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: kburi; trooprally

Thanks Kburi for the AAR and all the comments. My 3 years seem to go fast. It was great being there with you all and the Troops


25 posted on 08/19/2011 8:03:29 PM PDT by rongkirby
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To: kburi
Great report and pictures.

A big thanks to all of you who have so faithfully stood there every Friday night. I have had the honor to meet many of you the few times I have been able to visit over the years.

I will miss the weekly reports and your beautiful, smiling faces.

God Bless you all.

-Jan

26 posted on 08/20/2011 12:25:09 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. --George Orwell.)
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To: trooprally; kburi

THANK YOU.


27 posted on 08/22/2011 10:46:39 AM PDT by cyn
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To: cyn; kburi

You are welcome from the DC Chapter and all patriots who have supported our efforts at WR, whether by standing with us, pizza donations, or encouragement.

[Mr] T


28 posted on 08/22/2011 10:49:36 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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