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Richmond's Rally for America - Post Rally Report
03/23/2003 | P8riot

Posted on 03/23/2003 2:25:17 PM PST by P8riot

Great Job Richmond! Over 10,000 strong. Post your comments, photos, etc


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Free Republic; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: march23reports; rallyforamerica; richmond
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1 posted on 03/23/2003 2:25:17 PM PST by P8riot
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To: P8riot
It was beautiful and goose bump material. Of course we forgot our camera...... typical family outing.
2 posted on 03/23/2003 2:29:04 PM PST by republicangel (the gouging has begun)
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3 posted on 03/23/2003 2:40:13 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: P8riot
Photos with captions available here.
4 posted on 03/23/2003 2:42:30 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: P8riot
Way to go, Richmond! Keep up the troop support, especially in these hardest of days!
5 posted on 03/23/2003 2:42:51 PM PST by spookycc (I raq, I rack 'em up, and I roll)
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To: P8riot
Oops! Dropped a tag. Photos with captions available here
6 posted on 03/23/2003 2:45:35 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: P8riot
A participant in a rally in support of the war in Iraq holds up a sign outside Richmond, Va., Sunday, March 23, 2003. Police estimated the crowd at between 5,000 and 6,000 for the event which is part of a string of nationwide 'Rallies for America' sponsored and organized in part by radio stations owned by Clear Channel Communications.  (AP Photo/Wayne Scarberry)
Sun Mar 23, 4:04 PM ET

A participant in a rally in support of the war in Iraq (news - web sites) holds up a sign outside Richmond, Va., Sunday, March 23, 2003. Police estimated the crowd at between 5,000 and 6,000 for the event which is part of a string of nationwide 'Rallies for America' sponsored and organized in part by radio stations owned by Clear Channel Communications. (AP Photo/Wayne Scarberry)

7 posted on 03/23/2003 2:47:17 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: P8riot
Mike Estes and Amanda Hawks of Richmond embrace during the invocation at a pro-war rally near Richmond, Va., Sunday, March 23, 2003. Attendees showed support for President Bush and U. S. troops in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Wayne Scarberry)
Sun Mar 23, 3:48 PM ET

Mike Estes and Amanda Hawks of Richmond embrace during the invocation at a pro-war rally near Richmond, Va., Sunday, March 23, 2003. Attendees showed support for President Bush (news - web sites) and U. S. troops in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Wayne Scarberry)

8 posted on 03/23/2003 2:49:26 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: republicangel; PatrickHenryinVA
Free Republic's own "PatrickHenryinVA" really gets into his role. Way to go Michael! You were great! (as usual)


9 posted on 03/23/2003 2:49:37 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: P8riot
What a great turnout! Richmond and New York should be proud, and of course so should all the other rallies :)
10 posted on 03/23/2003 2:52:43 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: P8riot
Fantastic photos Richmond. Thank you.
11 posted on 03/23/2003 3:03:22 PM PST by A Navy Vet
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To: P8riot; Ligeia; sultan88
Lotsa folks!! Inspirational speakers and singers were wonderful, but the great thing was the people in the audience...I tried to move around to get pictures of a bunch of the better signs and it was a pleasure meeting so many folks just out on a pretty Sunday afternoon celebrating America and Liberty and our Fighting forces!!

Great day all around, despite running late from the git-go!!

I saw ligeia and her #1 son just before the program got going full-speed, but the chances of hooking up with a bunch of FReepers with that many folks is unrealistic. Next time we'll haveta get the Old Dominion FReepers together in a smaller throng...LOL!!

FReegards...MUD

BTW...ligeia, thanks fer roadtripping all the way from NOVA and fer bringing your son...he seems like a good young man...whattaya have him when you were 12?! Utmost FReegards to both of y'all.

12 posted on 03/23/2003 3:56:16 PM PST by Mudboy Slim ("Soddom...Yer PaladinPalacePizza, PUNK!!!")
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To: P8riot
Great pictures, my FRiend...I dropped off my film to get developed but won't get it back until Tuesday...I gotta go digital...LOL!!

FReegards...MUD

13 posted on 03/23/2003 4:11:36 PM PST by Mudboy Slim ("Soddom...Yer PaladinPalacePizza, PUNK!!!")
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To: P8riot
Great pictures, my FRiend...I dropped off my film to get developed but won't get it back until Tuesday...I gotta go digital...LOL!!

FReegards...MUD

14 posted on 03/23/2003 4:12:01 PM PST by Mudboy Slim ("Soddom...Yer PaladinPalacePizza, PUNK!!!")
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To: Mudboy Slim
WAY to GO, Richmond!!
15 posted on 03/23/2003 4:13:47 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: P8riot
Oh, my word! What FANTASTIC pictures you took! Thanks so much for posting them and getting the thread started. Could you believe the day?? I knew we were in for a treat when driving down the road to the Pavilion people were crossing the street from the overflow parking in groups of 50 all carrying flags and wearing their red, white, and blue!
16 posted on 03/23/2003 4:19:05 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Thanks for posting that pic! The emcee for the day, Glenn Beck named that sign as the sign of the day! He mentioned it at the end of the rally and the crowd got a huge chuckle out of it.
17 posted on 03/23/2003 4:24:48 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
By the time we arrived, about 12:30, the place was mobbed. I waded through the crowd while my wife waited in the very long porta-potty queue, but I couldn't find the FR contingent. It was rather difficult to see standing down in the field, so we climbed up onto the little hill.

All in all, it was a fine showing, but where were the Freepers?

18 posted on 03/23/2003 4:28:13 PM PST by Blennos (hoste, opto ut seis felicior.)
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To: P8riot
Thanks for the terrific pictures!. I was in there somewhere.

I felt very proud to see all the patriots who turned out for our country, (and was very gratified when the folks around me whooped it up during my husband's rendition of Patrick Henry's "Liberty or death" speech!)

I wish I had recorded it....I didn't even take pictures, though. My son (who was hanging out with Dad in the WRVA tent) had the camera. I think he took some photos, though, maybe DH can get them up....
19 posted on 03/23/2003 4:35:44 PM PST by SarahW
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To: Blennos
"where were the Freepers?"

Freepers are EVERYWHERE!
20 posted on 03/23/2003 4:42:28 PM PST by SarahW
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To: Mudboy Slim; PatrickHenryinVA; SarahW
Mud, what an afternoon! I'm so proud of everyone involved. The barbershop singers, the Virginians were awesome, the gospel choir singing the "Battle Hymn" were great, (prerecorded music during the waiting time included "Johnny Comes March Home" for the unified front!) the invocation captured just the right tone for a time of war, on and on....

The area held 6,000 and I think Michael Graham or Glenn Beck said we were double that as the crowd had to stand around the edges, up the hill and in the parking lot. The rally started late so as to allow all the folks to get in who were still backed up down the highway!

I loved the Black Hawk circling at a most appropriate moment, but I have to say one of the major highlight for me was Mr. Henry's presentation. I was a bit concerned at first due to the open-air venue and the unruliness that tends to accompany a rally atmosphere. By the time Mr. Henry had finished his brief introduction, the crowd was completely engrossed and no one moved a muscle, even the small children who were playing in the gravel nearby. I had chills and goosebumps, it was so moving. I was reminded of how timeless the message of liberty is and how it spoke to me at this point in time. It was powerful and I know the entire crowd was moved and inspired.

21 posted on 03/23/2003 4:44:17 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: SarahW
Near Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, police said more than 5,000 people showed up to show their support for the war -- something veteran Terry Steer said they could have used during Vietnam.

We made the international press. The above is from a story in the Jerusalem Post.

If Freepers are everywhere, then I must have stumbled over quite a few of them. We need a secret handshake or something to identify ourselves from the usual mob. Or perhaps you could tell by the dignity, poise, and look of sophistifcation about the brow. Jerusalem Post article

22 posted on 03/23/2003 4:49:09 PM PST by Blennos (hoste, opto ut seis felicior.)
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To: Mudboy Slim
So did DH live up to the billing I gave him?

(The enthusiastic folks around me whooped and got all teary.)

23 posted on 03/23/2003 4:51:24 PM PST by SarahW
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To: spookycc
Way to go, Richmond! Keep up the troop support, especially in these hardest of days!

Thanks for the words of encouragement. It was a wonderful afternoon!

24 posted on 03/23/2003 4:53:02 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: republicangel
It was beautiful and goose bump material.

It sure was. Let's do it again!

25 posted on 03/23/2003 4:54:53 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: P8riot
Thanks for your compliment! I was honored to be there, and what a great audience! I'm proud to be a Virginian and an American! Everyone was incredibly nice and polite and very thankful for the efforts made by me and the other presenters.
26 posted on 03/23/2003 4:56:57 PM PST by PatrickHenryinVA
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To: Ligeia
There had to be at least 10,000 people there! It was awesome! I was looking forward to meeting fellow FReepers, but there were just TOO many people, and that's a GOOD THING! God Bless our President, our troops, and our nation.
27 posted on 03/23/2003 5:01:58 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: Blennos
By the time we arrived, about 12:30, the place was mobbed. I waded through the crowd while my wife waited in the very long porta-potty queue, but I couldn't find the FR contingent. It was rather difficult to see standing down in the field, so we climbed up onto the little hill.

All in all, it was a fine showing, but where were the Freepers?

You arrived just before we did. If one were to stand facing the stage, we were at 11:00. I saw Mr. Henry in the "backstage" area but as that section was roped off, I couldn't speak to him. It was pure chance that Mud and I ran into each other as we had no prearranged meeting spot. Mud had a camera and we took some pics, one of Mud painting our Free Republic sign which we held up in case anyone looked our way.

Glenn Beck is someone I don't hear on the radio, so I was interested to hear what he's about. I could identify with his pining for Norman Rockwell's America.

What's the name of the theater with "Creek" in the name in Richmond? I think the next one will have to be there to accomodate everyone!

28 posted on 03/23/2003 5:03:07 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Blennos
Ligeia and her son and I were about 30 yards left of the stage, within 10 feet of that Viet Nam Veteran's table...an excellent day all in all, but next time the Old Dominion FReepers get together, we need a little bit smaller crowd to sift thru...LOL!! Over 10,000 patiotic, flag-waving Americans!! Reminded me a lot of the air shows my parents usedta always take me!!

Me thinks this ain't the last Richmond Rally FOR America we'll have the opportunity to enjoy...next time, we'll do a better job coordinating our meeting points, etc. Glen Beck was great, wasn't he? I'm gonna haveta startt listening to the radio more often before noon EST!!

FReegards...MUD

29 posted on 03/23/2003 5:04:56 PM PST by Mudboy Slim ("Soddom...Yer PaladinPalacePizza, PUNK!!!")
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To: P8riot
There I am in the 7th pic down.

I'm still trying to upload mine

be back as soon as I can : )
30 posted on 03/23/2003 5:10:44 PM PST by The Mayor (I'm Proud to be an American where at least I know I'm Free!)
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To: Mudboy Slim; Ligeia
I am sorry I missed meeting you chaps, but this day really wasn't for us -- it was to show the world that America proudly, unashamedly loves and supports its troops. This we did and it was noticed. We made a difference.

The naysayers, the hand-wringers, the malcontents of our society are missing that sublime feeling one gets when one loves this great country. Paint me old-fashioned, corny and red, while and blue.

31 posted on 03/23/2003 5:17:04 PM PST by Blennos (hoste, opto ut seis felicior.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
What a great turnout! Richmond and New York should be proud, and of course so should all the other rallies :)

It was great! Spending the day with 12,000 kindred spirits...like FReepers!

32 posted on 03/23/2003 5:20:03 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Blennos; Militiaman7
Amen to that. The left just doesn't know what they're missing. Speaking of which, I spotted our Guv when I first arrived. He was walking his bicycle past me so I shook his hand and told him how happy I was he came. I caught his eye checking out my Free Republic button. Militiaman7 has a great picture of an unsuspecting candidate Warner holding a bright yellow Free Republic banner, for which he was a very good sport when he realized what he'd done. When did he die his hair that awful color? If he worked the crowd, I didn't see it. I never saw him once the rally began.

Yes, lots of corny folks turned up this afternoon. I'm so glad they did. It was a rough day to listen to the news and a good day to get out and cheer for truth, justice and the American way.

33 posted on 03/23/2003 5:30:54 PM PST by Ligeia (It's been a Psalm 23 kind of year)
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To: wayoverontheright
Hey, how was your trip?
34 posted on 03/23/2003 5:59:14 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: The Mayor
Great meeting you today!, and your lurker friend. Sorry I missed everyone else.
35 posted on 03/23/2003 6:02:02 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: Ligeia
Thanks! Photography is one of my passions. Even so out of the 50 or so that I took today these 15 were the best.

The day was absolutely perfect, and I was awestruck by the turnout as well. I was there with two buddies that are not FReepers, one of them has a son that is an F-18 pilot on the USS Abraham Lincoln, and has been deployed since July. He's been causing some seious heartaches to the Iraqi's. You all need to keep him and his wife in prayer. He was married in October 2001, and hasn't seen his wife since he deployed. His call sign is Lo-Roller. I won't pass out his name.

36 posted on 03/23/2003 6:13:45 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: SarahW
Sarah,

Thank you for sharing Micharl with us all today. He is indeed a treasure. One of my all-time heroes has been Patrick Henry, and I love the way that he brings him alive. I have thoroughly enjoyed his portrayals at St. John's over the years as well. Please be sure to thank him for all of us, and for me personally.
37 posted on 03/23/2003 6:18:58 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: Ligeia; Mudboy Slim
Great after action report. Great crowd. Henrico/Chesterfield/Richmond did us all proud.

5.56mm

38 posted on 03/23/2003 6:23:24 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: P8riot
has a son that is an F-18 pilot on the USS Abraham Lincoln, and has been deployed since July. He's been causing some seious heartaches to the Iraqi's. You all need to keep him and his wife in prayer. He was married in October 2001, and hasn't seen his wife since he deployed. His call sign is Lo-Roller. I won't pass out his name.

My church has some serious prayer warriors and is keeping a growing list of specific names people in my congregation are praying for, each one individually. It's now the size of a small-town phonebook. We'd be proud to lift Lo-Roller and his family up in prayer.

Did you see the videographer on the fork lift today? Has WRVA said what they plan to do with the video of the rally? I'm hoping they put it on their homepage so troops all around the world can access it when able.

39 posted on 03/23/2003 6:32:40 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: P8riot
Micharl=Michael (typing too fast)
40 posted on 03/23/2003 6:32:58 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: Ligeia
WRVA had a videographer, and so did Channel 8. I don't know what the plans are, but watch the news we'll probably be on it. We already made the Jerusalem Post. Check out the link on post #22
41 posted on 03/23/2003 6:41:08 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: P8riot
I saw the quote from the Jerusalem Post. Is there more? The website wants a bunch of personal information to access their site.
42 posted on 03/23/2003 6:52:47 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: M Kehoe
Great after action report. Great crowd. Henrico/Chesterfield/Richmond did us all proud

You say that like you know the area! Did you spend some time in Richmond?

43 posted on 03/23/2003 6:54:25 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
Here's an excerpt. This is everything about Richmond from the article:

Near Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, police said more than 5,000 people showed up to show their support for the war -- something veteran Terry Steer said they could have used during Vietnam.

"I'm here to support the troops because I know what it was like when people didn't," said Steer, 55, who fought during the 1968 Tet Offensive with the 1st Air Calvary Division of the Army. "That can't happen again."

Forrest Winks, a 14-year-old corporal in his high school's Junior Army ROTC program, said he sees the soldiers on television and hears duty calling.

"I really wish I could be out there with them taking part, but it's very scary, too. I know that," Forrest said, in his dark green dress uniform and black beret. "I'm stuck here, at home."

Onstage at the outdoor pavilion, an actor recited Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Supporters sang the national anthem, removed their hats and bowed their heads in prayer.

Excerpted from the Jerusalem Post article "In US, pro-war demonstrators appear after massive anti-war rallies" dated 3/23/2003

44 posted on 03/23/2003 6:57:16 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: Ligeia
I left the Army in '79 from Ft. Lee. Then 3 years later graduated from VCU. I owned property there up until last year. I still have many friends in the area.

5.56mm

45 posted on 03/23/2003 6:58:27 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe
You are welcome back anytime.

FReegards....

P8riot

46 posted on 03/23/2003 6:59:39 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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To: P8riot; PatrickHenryinVA
See Post #44! You made the Jerusalem Post! You'll have to buy a copy to send to your Mama! :^)
47 posted on 03/23/2003 7:08:55 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
Thank you for your kind words of praise! With your permission, I'll use your comments on my web site as a testimonial! I'm so gratified that everone found the presentation moving and appropriate. If I could make a living by just portraying Mr. Henry, I'd be a happy man.
48 posted on 03/23/2003 7:10:20 PM PST by PatrickHenryinVA ("I know of no way of judging the future, but by the past." Patrick Henry)
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To: M Kehoe
Ah, I'm glad where you're living now you're able to wear flip-flops year round. You've earned it!
49 posted on 03/23/2003 7:10:38 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Ligeia
I was reminded of how timeless the message of liberty is and how it spoke to me at this point in time.

Thank you for saying that. It is so true.

50 posted on 03/23/2003 7:15:26 PM PST by P8riot (Looks like Deja Vu all over again)
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