Skip to comments.Veterans Vow To Protect Vietnam Memorial During Rally ( Gathering of Eagles )
Posted on 02/22/2007 5:40:08 PM PST by kristinn
Veterans plan to protect the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington during an anti-war protest next month.
They fear demonstrators may deface the memorial, even though organizers say they have absolutely no intention of doing that.
Two veterans groups say they're concerned because some anti-war protesters spray-painted graffiti on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January.
The black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial bear the names of all those who were killed during the Vietnam conflict. The head of the veterans group known as rolling thunder says his members plan to protect the memorial and, quote, "support our troops."
The March 17th protest is to mark the fourth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
The biggest mistake that these marxist bastards can make is to f$uck with the wall. There will be hell to pay I can assure you. I hope that they are not dumb enough to make that mistake.
This is really getting to me! I want to be there to defend that Wall so bad it hurts. I've been there twice, and I broke down twice. That is indeed a place of honor. I saw the names of men that I served with, men that I tried to save, and couldn't. Men that saved my life and the lives of other men, at the cost of their own. Men that were the bravest I have had the honor of serving with, and men that were my brothers.
As I write this I look upon a portrait, framed above my desk, from where I write. It is of a man in a business suit leaning on that Wall with one hand. The reflection from the other side is of a group of combat GIs reaching for their side of the Wall, the other side. My wife hates that portrait. She says it's so sad. I tell her that it makes me feel good. It says I will never, ever forget those brave men, those friends, those brothers, As long as that memory lives within me, I am a better man. These are the men that gave the strength and courage, and the full measure of their lives, these are the men that gave me courage and freedom. I may not have survived had it not been for them.
I owe these men the last ounce of courage of my life to defend their place of honor.
No names are given, though two people were quoted.
And it seems to me 'rolling thunder' should be capitalized.
See you at The Wall!
If you go. View the wall at night. I took my brother, also a Vietnam Vet, and watch him cry as he reviewed his private thoughts.
There are also many other thing in Washington to see. It's all free. Do the Smithsonians, call your congressman and get tickets to the White House, Congress, Pentagon, FBI and others, and then visit all the art galleries.
Remember to wear good walking shoes and bring your camera. I lived there 22 years and still didnt see everything. Youll love it.
I was there during the planning and building of the Wall, and remember the controversy about it. But until you experience it, you cant appreciate the genius of the gal who designed it. Its worth a visit.
It is un-nerving ~ at first.
I have been to the Wall twice also. The war ended before I was needed, and my lottery number was high.
I have read and reread your second paragraph of your post, and I am moved to tears.Thank you for describing what those names meant to you.
I respect those names. But they were real flesh and blood to you.
Thank you for your service then, and for your continuing service to your fellow man, in medicine.
Timydnuc, that portrait you talked about--where I take my 76 year old mother-in-law for physical therapy--there is a huge copy of that picture front and center in the reception area. It is a most sobering, but poignant reminder neve to break faith with those who gave all.
You'll be there on the 17th in spirit. You friends on the other side will understand.
Then I will be there for you.
The second link is to the YouTube video of the Workers World Party/ANSWER spokesboy, Richard Becker, making a fool of himself after the presser ended.
Ah hell, let the Capital Police handle it. They really showed how good they were last time. Give them another chance.
OTOH, we could send the Alaska National Guard! They could leave Alaska on March 16th - be there in plenty of time ........... FRegards
I'll take your slack brother. You've more than pulled your weight.
Just remeber this isn't the last battle, only one in a series.
If I remember correctly the Capitol Police had things pretty well in hand last time until their idiot leaders told themto step aside. Besides the Wall doesnt fall under the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police. It is under the authority of U.S.Park Police, and Metropolitan.
Hold a Rally in your home town on another day. Its time for action! Not whining about where you cannot go and cannot be. Do what you can where you can when you can. Thats enough.