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Final Friday Evening at Walter Reed - Week 332 August 26, 2011
August 29, 2011 | Kburi

Posted on 08/29/2011 6:49:51 PM PDT by kburi

We knew it was coming and planned for it.
For six years and four months of consecutive Friday evenings, the DC Chapter of Free Republic, other groups and individuals successfully challenged Code Pink and their union pawns in front of Walter Reed. After several months, they were forced from the Walter Reed front gates to a location 50 yards down Georgia Ave.
Since June 2005, many Americans have gathered on Friday nights to continue to keep the anti-military forces away and to show support to the wounded warriors and their families.
Tonight, then, was different from all others. Walter Reed will close its gates tomorrow, Saturday, when the last 24 critical care patients are taken by ambulance to Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Twenty FReepers and Lurkers turned out for the final Friday in very good weather. There were no ambulances bringing in the wounded, nor was there a dinner bus for wounded warriors to welcome back.
Many of the cars leaving Walter Reed had supplies or suitcases in the back seats. Soldiers moving to new quarters.
There were a lot of honks and waves from passing cars. This stretch of Georgia Ave will be strangely quiet on Friday nights from now on.

New England Patriot made it even though he is recovering from pneumonia, kudos to him! We were also joined by Elizabeth and Leticia. Elizabeth is the mother of a wounded warrior who is recovering from wounds. We have gotten to know her and her son, and wish both of them the best. Elizabeth’s friend, Leticia, is a counselor for wounded warriors, and has worked at Walter Reed for 30 years.

After securing the flags, signs and banners for the last time, Trooprally thought we should celebrate the final Friday evening with a little champagne which we did. Sensei Ern proclaimed “ Mission Accomplished”.

Tomorrow morning at 6:30 am, Saturday, we will be at Walter Reed to salute the final 24 critical care wounded warriors who are being transported to Bethesda. There will be a separate after action report for the final move.

It’s appropriate to express our great appreciation to all those who have participated with us or have expressed support in after action reports or by email. Along the way we have met many fine Americans who all care about this country and our fine soldiers.

While there are no immediate plans for the future, the DC Chapter of Free Republic will continue to hold Recruiter Appreciation Days, to counter anti-military demonstrations in the DC area and work individually with wounded warriors as volunteers when we can.
Some members of the DC Chapter along with an American Legion Post have been countering an anti -military protest in Olney, Md for almost six years.

Meanwhile, let none of us forget our soldiers and their families. There is still much to do in supporting them.

Let’s do it.

3D-Joy Sums It Up





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

BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive






FReepers, Lurkers and Visitors on August 26, 2011, The Last Friday Night

Mr. and Mrs Trooprally, 3D-Joy, CindyTrueSupporter, Fraxinus, Kburi, New England Patriot, RonGKirby, SenseiErn, TammyCat, ToleranceSucksRocks, VictoryNY, Lurkers Bill, Bryan, Jim, Kim and Terry. Visitors Elizabeth and Leticia.


Moonbat News

Four moonbats tonight. Very Quiet. All left promptly at 9 pm.

Removed by the DC Chapter of FRee Republic from the front gates of Walter Reed in January 2006, Code Pink and this union crew never made it back to the front gate of Walter Reed.

They spent the following six years exiled down the block and virtually out of sight.

A Final Look At the Moonbat 4




FOOTNOTES

BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive




August 26, 2011 Photos, (courtesy of Mrs. Trooprally)



Last Waves
Trooprally, CindyTrueSupporter, TammyCat, and VictoryNY






Bill’s Waves and “Thank You For Your Service” Set A High Standard For All


SenseiErn and Fraxinus


RonGKirby and Terry



Laticia, Elizabeth and CindyTrueSupporter




RonGKirby, Kburi and Jim

Fraxinus and ToleranceSucksRocks




NewEnglandPatriot – Rolling Up the Ranger Flag






Tomorrow, August 27, 2011, the Final 24 Wounded Warriors
Will Leave Walter Reed Through These Gates
On Their Way To Bethesda




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

1 posted on 08/29/2011 6:49:56 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndhandrose; 2SterlingConservatives; ...

DC PING!


2 posted on 08/29/2011 6:52:05 PM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi

Great job, y’all!


3 posted on 08/29/2011 6:54:14 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: kburi

God bless and the many thanks to Trooprally. Heroes all.


4 posted on 08/29/2011 6:56:02 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...

Not Michigan-specific, but we live in a mitten, not a cocoon. And this is just very, very cool.


5 posted on 08/29/2011 6:56:04 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: kburi; All

GREAT JOB EVERYONE and THANK YOU !!!

V


6 posted on 08/29/2011 7:05:35 PM PDT by Veeram ("Any fool (Liberal) can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." ---Benjamin Franklin)
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To: kburi

It has been my honor to stand with you on trips to DC.

I think of you guys often, especially on fridays

As others have said;

Mission Accomplished.


7 posted on 08/29/2011 7:20:33 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: kburi

Thank you all, for fighting the good fight!


8 posted on 08/29/2011 7:23:34 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: kburi

I sure wish I could have made it for this one last time..........


9 posted on 08/29/2011 7:25:24 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil; kburi
Ditto: I also wish I could have made it for this one last time....

Thank you to all who have stood guard outside the Walter Reed Gates for these many years, honoring and serving the service men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.

A special, gigantic THANK YOU to the military personnel and their families for your willingness to serve and sacrifice. May God bless and keep you in His loving arms all the remaining days of your lives.

Thank you!!!

10 posted on 08/29/2011 7:43:14 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: kburi

Congratulations to all of you. You have had a positive effect on many people, in and out of the military. It is a great thing that you have accomplished.


11 posted on 08/29/2011 7:46:03 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (.....A man eventually wears the face he earns.....)
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To: kburi; All

WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IS ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. GOD BLESS YOU ONE AND ALL. YOU ARE HEROES BY ANYONE’S MEASURE. THANK YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY.


12 posted on 08/29/2011 7:48:54 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: kburi; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndhandrose; 2SterlingConservatives; ...
Bye, Walter Reed, good-bye.

12½ posted on 08/29/2011 11:06:36 PM EDT by The DC Chapter (Semper fidelis)

To: 3D-Joy; 50mm; AGreatPer; Bockscar; calcowgirl; cindyTrueSupporter; concretebob; Disco Dave; ...
ping!

If you want off my ping list get over it!


13 posted on 08/29/2011 8:08:43 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." -- Kool-aid)
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To: kburi

Mission Accomplished!


14 posted on 08/29/2011 8:13:22 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (O-blame-r)
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To: kburi

Thank you - great report!

God bless our troops. And all the faithful who went to Walter Reed on Friday nights to cheer them on.


15 posted on 08/29/2011 8:14:46 PM PDT by credo 2
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To: Mike Darancette

Thank you all so much for your vigilence. May God Bless you.


16 posted on 08/29/2011 8:32:08 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (Rubio/Ryan Ryan/Rubio 2012)
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To: Mike Darancette

Thank you all so much for your vigilence. May God Bless you.


17 posted on 08/29/2011 8:32:13 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (Rubio/Ryan Ryan/Rubio 2012)
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To: kburi

God bless you all.


18 posted on 08/29/2011 9:01:06 PM PDT by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: kburi; All

All of you should be damned proud of what you have done.

We live in a busy, minute to minute world. Everyone has somewhere to be, calendar events to keep track of, family and work commitments, and just plain downtime for relaxing. Many of us have trouble finding time for an event of any kind for several weeks.

We live in a busy world.

In spite of all of this, all of you found time, week after week, month after month, and finally, year after year to keep this commitment you made to yourselves.

One of my favorite works (most likely recognizable to all of you) is a snippet from Thomas Paine’s seminal piece “The Crisis”: “…The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman…”

In many ways, this is such an overused reference, often inappropriately. But I think it applies perfectly to all of you. For more than 6 years, there has been a core group of you that had found a way to get up off the couch, out from in front of the computer, out of work and out of your own personal life to do something that a very small percentage of Americans do: give your money, your energy, and your precious time in support of something that is vitally important to our country and those who serve it.

That something is: Acknowledgment; Gratitude and Respect.

Many of you were of age during the Vietnam War, and those who weren’t understood well what had happened to our servicemen who came home after the war. Too many of us saw what happened to them, and we said nothing. We let it happen. That left a deep impact on many people, the injustice and the unfairness that we saw towards military members whose only crime was to do exactly what their government had asked of them.

For that, they were cursed, spat upon and reviled. To our shame, many of us saw it, but did nothing.

But when our troops were sent once again into harms way, all of you (and many other Americans like you) had sworn that was going to be different this time.

And it was… and is. When our troops come home, they can wear their uniforms proudly wherever they go. They can be proud of their mission, and how they carried it out.

But that did not happen in a vacuum. It happened because people like you had the will to not allow the voices of the traitorous left to be the only voices that were heard in this country. It happened at many levels

We saw it at the national level, when the Swift boat veterans left their comfortable, semi-anonymous lives behind to make their voices heard, derailing the candidacy of John Kerry and saving our country from four years of him as President.

We saw it at the state and community levels, where legislatures supported our troops for the most part, and were generally unwilling to give leftists a platform from which they were the only voice that was being heard by our veterans.

But most of all, we saw it at the individual level.

We saw it in our workplaces, where people proudly organized care packages to send to our troops. We saw it in all of the individual donations that everyday people made towards a wide variety of pro-troop causes, made by people across all walks of life

And we saw it in people like you, who spent their free time standing with signs in front of places like Walter Reed hospital, and we saw it (and heard it) in the cars that drove by and showed us their support.

Of all these things, I do believe it is the actions of people just like you who have made it possible for our troops to come home with their backs straight, and proudly pick up their lives where they left off without the stain or the stigma that the left tried their hardest to impart on them. It was people like you, all of you, that made this possible. You contributed in the best way that you could, and I believe that all of you have the everlasting appreciation and respect from those members of the military who were aware of your mission. It was a mission, and all of you fulfilled it brilliantly.

You should be proud.

So, as Thomas Paine so eloquently stated: “…but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman…” all of you veterans of Walter Reed, who stood out in the hot sun, the pouring rain and the freezing sleet week after week, you stood by it. You stood by it, and you deserve the love and thanks of man or woman. It has been my supreme privilege to have had the opportunity to spend time with all of you and bask in the reflected light of a most worthy cause and effort.

From this man, you have my love and thanks. God Bless all of you.


19 posted on 08/29/2011 9:09:24 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: BufordP

Thanks for that final Friday night ping, BufordP. Although I only made the WR “vigil” protest a few times, they were among the most rewarding nights ever. You people are the best, second only to the wounded warriors you were supporting. God bless you all.


20 posted on 08/29/2011 11:47:31 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: kburi; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland PING!


21 posted on 08/30/2011 1:58:49 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: BufordP; 3D-JOY; trooprally; cindy-true-supporter; concretebob; Disco Dave; ...

I salute you one and all for your stead-fast commitment.


22 posted on 08/30/2011 4:14:26 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Replace some of those lawyers with common-sense business-people.)
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To: BufordP; All
Thanks for the ping.

I know those who each of you have supported, prayed for, honored, took time out of your lives for, sincerely Thank Each of You. Heartfelt tears for the moral boost each of you have meant to our troops and our Military. Job Well Done! Job Well Done Indeed!

23 posted on 08/30/2011 8:56:37 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: BufordP; trooprally; Fraxinus; 3D-JOY; GunsareOK; cindy-true-supporter; PrezUSA222; victoryny; ...

Good work you guys, for keeping this labor of love going for so many years! I salute you! Mission accomplished!


24 posted on 08/30/2011 9:01:46 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: kburi; trooprally; All

My screen is all blurry...remembering all the nights we met to honor our injured troops, and accepting these nights have finally come to an end.

Lots of other projects have been made a permanent part of my life through this continuing event. I will participate in them, always remembering and honoring the Free Republic Patriots I have gained as FRiends.

There goes the screen again...hope it is clear on your end!


25 posted on 08/30/2011 9:25:57 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: tgslTakoma

Thanks tgslTakoma,

You were one of the first Freepers to start this!

The first Walter Reed counter protest was on 4/15/05.

The original Walter Reed FReepers were: tgslTakoma, kristinn, Doctor Raoul, hellinahandcart, sauropod, Jimmy Valentine’s brother, BufordP, and BillF.


26 posted on 08/30/2011 12:45:43 PM PDT by kburi
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bttt


27 posted on 08/30/2011 7:01:34 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: kburi

Big thank you to all the DC Patriot/Freepers who stood every Friday in support of our wounded warriors!

Sending hugs from Florida! God Bless you all, and God Bless our Military!


28 posted on 08/30/2011 7:03:12 PM PDT by seekthetruth (A President is sworn to uphold the Constitution. If he doesn't, IMPEACH him!)
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To: tgslTakoma

Hey Takoma, good to see you are still around. Long time no hear and .....

For all you don’t know, Takoma made the 1st two MOABs and had a hand in the 3rd generation MOAB. Thanks and take care.

[Mr] T


29 posted on 08/31/2011 2:51:37 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi

Thank you DC freepers. I wish I could have made this last rally. For those of you who never made one you have no idea the great company you have missed. Many people will be eternally grateful for you guys standing watch over our troops. God Bless you!!


30 posted on 08/31/2011 2:55:41 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: 3D-JOY

Friends?? I thought we are “adopted” family. We will meet again and often.

I remember our first meeting in the summer of ‘06. It was at Arlington Cemetery countering Westboro Church. You showed up in a wheel chair after your car accident. Now that is dedication.

[Mr] T


31 posted on 08/31/2011 2:56:17 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi

First to the fight but joined by many others.


32 posted on 08/31/2011 3:04:46 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother ("God left Africa a long time ago." - LT A. K Waters)
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To: trooprally; 3D-JOY

Glad to have been part of the Freepers! I only went one Friday night, but I will never forget it! Thanks to all!


33 posted on 09/03/2011 11:52:44 AM PDT by JoysKid
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To: kburi
The Friday Walter Reed FReeps were an inspiration in Tucson, AZ where mostly non-FReeper patriots (who still had heard about Walter Reed) counter-protested anti-war protesters in front of the Military Recruiting Center.

In 2005 we had 500 moonbats to one Gold Star family of 5 on the semi-annual Moonbat march. By 2008 the moonbats didn't even bother to have the "official" march anymore.

It's only a small force of 1-4 now that still protest the US military and are countered by 3-6 patriots every Wednesday morning.

Thank you, DC Chapter for your dedicated work and example!
34 posted on 09/03/2011 1:06:08 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: JoysKid; 3D-JOY

JoysKid

Tour presence was still welcomed. Since our crowds were small, but always larger than the moonbats, you did not get lost among us. Good conversation and friendship was the rule of the evening.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule while you were here and “loaning” us your mom.

[Mr] T


35 posted on 09/03/2011 4:29:01 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi

As I sat at our rally in Studio City that night, you folks were on my mind. As I looked at the time, I realized that you would be wrapping up right about then. I called my boyfriend over to pass that along. We were there with you in spirit, as we have been over the years. Your steadfastness, even through all kinds of weather continues to be an inspiration to this day. All of you should be proud of the completed mission and the manner it was done in. God bless everyone as you go forward in your endeavors! Hopefully someone will pick up the mission in Bethesda.

Forever grateful.
Deborah Leigh
former Army Sgt

continuing rallies on Friday night in Studio City, CA and
Sunday afternoon in Woodland Hills, CA


36 posted on 09/14/2011 2:36:30 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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