Skip to comments.Berlin Residents to Protect Monuments (CT Vets Travel to Join Gathering of Eagles)
Posted on 03/15/2007 11:38:22 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
BERLIN - In recent years, veterans have felt disrespected as war and recognition monuments in Washington, D.C., have been defaced by individuals who have joined in the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) annual March, but several residents have said they won't let it happen again.
This Saturday, a group of individuals led by former Marine and Berlin resident Salvatore Sena will go to Washington to protect the monuments and protest any attempts to deface the property by forming a human wall, joining hand in hand with others from across the nation and even Canada.
"Word has come around that a group of extremists has plans to exercise their freedom of speech and protest the war by defacing national monuments," Sena said in an e-mail correspondence with The Herald. "I feel that enough is enough and that's why I will be joining my fellow Americans in guarding and protecting our national monuments in D.C."
The decision to provide a protective human shield around the monuments came after several individuals who had marched in the anti-war protests held in March 2006 turned to vandalism during the event, causing damage to the Vietnam Memorial through what they have said was "an act of freedom of speech" in opposition to war efforts. Sena said he and other participants from the Berlin area, several being members of the Marine Corps League, are traveling to the site to take part in a peaceful protest of their march with a group known as the Gathering of Eagles.
The group will include individuals from across the United States and veteran soldiers currently residing in Canada. These participants come from all walks of life including organizations such as the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Riders, Patriot Guard Riders, National Order of the Purple Heart, Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers, and various veterans' groups and POW organizations.
According to Sena, the extremists involved with ANSWER and Code Pink, a second group that will join in the march, represent only 17 percent of society. He said with a joint effort from many in the other 83 percent, he is confident they can protect the monument from a destructive fate in 2007.
Once ANSWER was made aware that there would be a peaceful standoff at the Vietnam Memorial in Constitution Park, it rescheduled its rally to be held at the Henry Beacon Drive Park. This was later named a starting point for its march toward the Pentagon.
The Gathering of Eagles will use Constitution Park as its gathering point and Sena said they will protect several area monuments, not just the Vietnam Memorial. Leaders also encourage participants to arrive early and stay aware as they believe extremists may still attempt to sneak through lines to deface the property.
"As an American veteran, I cannot and will not stand for this type of behavior from any extremist," said Sena in the e-mail. "I hold too much respect for the soldier who gave up his or her life for our country."
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Connecticut...filled with more red spots than we knew! :)
Thanks for the ping...although I was expecting this to be the Connecticut ping list (Berlin is a town in CT, as well as being the city in Germany).
I'm surprised at how many redspots there actually are. In the Naugatuck Valley, where I live, while Democrats outnumber Republicans by a large margin, it's still fairly conservative.
I can't believe this! I grew up in the Town of Berlin (Kensington) and graduated from Berlin High School in 1951. How thrilling is this? Hopefully I'll get to meet this group tomorrow.
God and the spirits of American patriots walk with the Gathering of Eagles.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Gathering of Eagles this Saturday. The silent majority can no longer be silent as Liberals try to destroy our country and the future of our children and grandchildren.
Thank you for your thoughts; I feel exactly the same way.
Interestingly enough my daughter-in-law's niece (in law)who is a military wife and from Texas has redhead... as her e-mail.
I am so honored to be able to wear the pow tag which my friend's husband wore while he was a prisoner in WW II and also his laminated WW II Memorial Dedication ticket at the Gathering of Eagles.
I forwarded this article to my brother who still lives up in Conn. His wife replied he wanted to pass on a site he thought I would enjoy www.truthout.org
I guess after 69 years my brother still doesn't know me! Conn. is a hotbed of left-wing looneys.
Except Joe Lieberman
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Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
U.S. Embassy Berlin released the following Warden Message on March 16:
In light of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and U.S. interests overseas, the U.S. Embassy encourages American citizens resident in and visiting Germany to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.
The Department of State's October 11, 2006 "Worldwide Caution" Public Announcement, which can be found on the Internet at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html , provides additional information on potential threats to U.S. citizens overseas, along with advice on how to reduce your vulnerability to such threats. Additional general information on residing and traveling abroad, including the latest Consular Information Sheet for Germany, may be found on-line at http://travel.state.gov .
Americans living or traveling in Germany are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy of Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Germany. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. Please visit the U.S. Citizen Services section of our website at www.usembassy.de for additional information on travel registration, and for contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Germany.
Berlin (pronounced "Brrr-lnn" with accent on the first syllable) is also a town in Wisconsin, aina?
Anyway, good luck and God bless to Gathering of Eagles in D.C. today.
Wow, this is awesome news to hear. Others from around the world are joining our vets!
Video I took of a WWII Sailor from WWI who was in the Tarawa Invasion
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