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  • DC Chapter of Free Republic Needs Your Help at Walter Reed, Friday, March 18, 2011

    03/10/2011 5:41:28 AM PST · by kburi · 10 replies
    March 10, 2011 | Kburi
    WHY? Because March 18-20–Friday through Sunday–will be protest days in Washington D.C. These anti-war, anti-soldier, anti-American protesters are organized by the ANSWER Coalition, Veterans for Peace, World Can’t Wait, and other groups such as Code Pink and Iraq Veterans Against the War. March 19 is the 8th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war, known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. On Friday, March 18, from 7 to 9pm, a group known as Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will join the moonbats down the street and hold what they call a “Walter Reed Vigil”. The DC Chapter of Free...
  • A Quiet, But Good Night at Walter Reed. Week 307, March 4, 2011

    03/05/2011 12:58:43 PM PST · by kburi · 13 replies
    March 5, 2011 | Kburi
    ….A pleasant mild night at last, with a good amount of foot traffic coming and going from Walter Reed. That’s good because it gives us a chance to talk with the solders. One wounded warrior spent more than a few minutes with us and it was a worthwhile visit. Aaron, a USAF Staff Sergeant, 6th SF, with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, survived 8 IEDs. He said the last two were the reason he is at Walter Reed in the Special Care Unit. BufordP, a USAF veteran, came across the street to talk with Aaron. We, as a...
  • “Thank You For Your Support”, Week 306, February 25, 2011 , Walter Reed,

    02/27/2011 2:34:54 PM PST · by kburi · 7 replies
    February 27, 2011 | Kburi
    ….Came a loudspeaker-sounding voice from the large ambulance as it turned the corner into WRAMC, after roaring down Georgia Ave with its sirens wailing. When ambulances arrive, often carrying wounded warriors direct from Germany, we normally stand quietly with our signs pointed towards the ambulance. Hearing acknowledgement of our presence was unexpected and gave us pause. Our reason for being here every Friday is to show support for the soldiers and their families. “Thank You For Your Support” came from the ambulance as it turned Into Walter Reed Lurker Bill’s comment two weeks ago, that we only had 6...
  • 4th Anniversary - When The Bus Stopped Here! Week 305, February 18, 2011 , Walter Reed

    02/23/2011 9:40:18 AM PST · by kburi · 14 replies
    February 23, 2011 | Kburi
    This Friday is the four year anniversary of Week 96 – The Bus Stops here. That night, the bus returning from the Aleethia Foundation’s Friday night dinner unexpectedly stopped before entering Walter Reed, and invited us onto the bus! Our practice is to stay at the front gates from 6:30 to whenever the bus returns. Often after 9pm. While we wave and cheer and they wave back, we had never been face to face with them. Until that memorable night, four years ago! Following is an excerpt from Week 96’s After Action Report, The Bus Stops Here, written four...
  • > CPAC Visitors Join the DC Chapter of Free Republic at Walter Reed, Week 304, February 11, 2011

    02/15/2011 9:47:39 AM PST · by kburi · 18 replies
    February 15, 2011 | Kburi
    Mr Trooprally submitted the following After Action Report. CPAC invaded our Support the Troops Rally at Walter Reed this night. They represented several east coast states. And they all came well dressed for the chilly temps. We enjoyed the “warm” temps, upper 30s and no wind, except when large trucks and buses came zipping past our positions. Visitors tonight were FReeper SeektheTruth, James (FL), Ross of Anystreet.org, (N.C.), Chris of Modern Conservative.com, (N.Y.) and Frances, Liberatchik.com, (GA.). Frances, whose art is displayed in Atlanta galleries, prepared a special red, white and blue sign with the words “ThankYou” on it...
  • Not Just Another Midwinter Friday Freep at Walter Reed, Week 303, February 4, 2011

    02/05/2011 7:09:18 AM PST · by kburi · 19 replies
    February 5, 2011 | Kburi
    Tonight was a rather mild night which was the likely reason that the front gates were so active. Cars and soldiers were going into and out of Walter Reed all night. At times the honks and waves were continuous. Lurker Bill’s music, mostly patriotic, but tempered occasionally with some Benny Goodman big band and a little jazz, brought a little sunlight to our portion of Georgia Ave. One dinner bus tonight filled with soldiers, returned a little before 9pm. Announcement:All of you who are coming to DC to attend CPAC, please make plans to visit us on Friday night....
  • A Little Snow Doesn’t Slow The DC Chapter of Free Republic in Week 302, January 28, 2011

    02/03/2011 6:10:31 AM PST · by kburi · 18 replies
    2/3/11 | Kburi
    A quiet night punctuated by honks and waves. The cold kept foot traffic down, but VictoryNY kept the volume up. Two buses filled with troops and families waving at us, returned from dinner at a downtown restaurant. Tonight they returned together. Most often they arrive at different times. Lurker Bill figures there are only six weeks of potential bad weather left for us to confront. We will start checking them off beginning the 4th of February. Big John who has been in and out of hospitals over the past year dropped by to stand for awhile. Earlier he had dropped...
  • DC Chapter’s Four Corner Offense started 5 years ago on January 20, 2006! Week 301,January 21, 2011

    01/25/2011 8:25:20 AM PST · by kburi · 30 replies
    1/25/11 | Kburi
    January 21, 2011 Notes Tonight, January 21, 2011 was bitterly cold due mainly to the wind. Cold weather gear was the uniform of the day. The full moon was beautiful and the cold kept the crazies away. Soldiers were paying attention to us. At one point, when the 82nd Airborne flag was prominently displayed, a soldier pulled over and yelled “where’s the 101st Airborne flag?” Ok, we will add the 101st Airborne flag to Flag Row. The bus returned late as there was a program in addition to their dinner for the wounded warriors. Below are excerpts from two AAR’s...
  • 300 Consecutive Weeks - Still Going Strong at Walter Reed! Week 300, January 14, 2011

    01/16/2011 9:07:48 AM PST · by kburi · 21 replies
    January 16, 2011 | Kbur
    It seems like yesterday that the DC Chapter started its Friday night rally to support the wounded warriors and their families and to counter first Code Pink, and then anti-troop protesters. Over the past 5 ¾ years, many members and visitors have stood together every Friday night, which has resulted in 300 consecutive Friday nights at Walter Reed’s front gates. Tonight was a great night to celebrate 300 weeks! The first thing we saw was a huge semi- trailer parked down the block, effectively blocking the moonbat presence. Don’t know why we didn’t think of that sooner. Lurker Bill had...
  • First Friday night in 2011-Troops Return; Walter Reed, Week 299, January 7, 2011

    01/13/2011 3:08:22 PM PST · by kburi · 15 replies
    January 13, 2011 | Kburi
    The Troops are back from holiday leave! A cold evening made warm by the return of the wounded warriors and their families, a number of whom came out to visit with us. Shortly after 6:30pm, as Trooprally was putting up the red “We Support Our Brave Troops” banner in front of Walter Reed, a soldier leaving WR, pulled over and thanked Trooprally for being here. “We Honor Our Brave Troops” red banner Two other wounded warriors came to talk and asked who the people (moonbats) down the block were. After discussing who the moonbats were and described the signs...
  • Last night in 2010, at Walter Reed, Week 298, December 31, 2010

    01/01/2011 3:35:25 PM PST · by kburi · 11 replies
    January 1, 2011 | Kburi
    HAPPY NEW YEAR From the DC Chapter of Free Republic! Mild weather greeted us on this the last night of the year. We had a good turnout and even though many soldiers were on leave for the holiday, traffic on Georgia Avenue was heavy. At times the honks and waves from passing cars were almost continuous. Trooprally made “Happy New Year to Our Troops” signs and we hung a Happy New Year banner for all to see. Many soldiers, relatives and others walking in or out of the front gates stopped to say hello or pass Happy New Year...
  • Christmas Eve, December 24, 2010, Week 297 at Walter Reed

    12/25/2010 10:32:01 AM PST · by kburi · 18 replies · 2+ views
    December 25, 2010 | kburi
    Santa joined the DC Chapter of Free Republic in wishing the troops a Merry Christmas tonight on Christmas Eve. As many soldiers were on leave for the holidays, it was a very quiet night. Traffic was down, but many passing cars on their way from an early service or to a later service acknowledged our presence with a honk or waves.TrueBlackMan stopped by for awhile and plans to return soon. A passing SUV stopped and the children wanted to know why Santa was in front of Walter Reed and not delivering presents. Santa (aka Lurker Bill) gave them some candy...
  • Walter Reed Hospital: We send e-mail messages out for all the holidays

    12/22/2010 2:23:28 PM PST · by paltz · 14 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler Blog ^ | 12/22/10 | Kerry Picket
    Commander Col. Van Coots of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center found his office phone ringing furiously off the hook on Wednesday. Activists read from blog sites he sent an e-mail to his staff and patients recognizing the Islamic new year. "It was a message sent entirely out on Walter Reed Army Medical Center announcements to my staff just letting people know that this was the Islamic new year and wishing everyone Muharram Mubarak," Colonel Coots told me on Wednesday. What may have been unknown to these blogs, however, according to Colonel Coots himself, was that he previously sent out...
  • First Snow at Walter Reed, Week 296, December 17, 2010

    12/19/2010 5:26:16 AM PST · by kburi · 13 replies · 1+ views
    December 19, 2010 | Kburi
    After last winter’s record snowfall, we regard Thursday’s dusting as a practice snow just to get us in shape. It would insult a ruler to even measure it. Mrs. Trooprally was under the weather which meant Trooprally was the photo taker tonight. Not a bad effort, but he’d rather be on the corner holding the flag. Margaret – the Administrative Volunteer at Aleethia Foundation which is responsible for the Friday Night dinners for the Wounded Warriors sent Mr. and Mrs. Trooprally an email earlier Friday. It reads in part: “ Looks like another cold night....We've been busy getting hoodie sweatshirts,...
  • Wounded Soldier Gets Rousing Welcome in Nevada

    12/18/2010 6:33:40 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies · 5+ views
    kolotv.com ^ | 5:56 PM Dec 18, 2010 | Associated Press
    A soldier who had both legs amputated after a June mortar attack in Afghanistan received a rousing welcome from friends and family Saturday in his hometown of Hawthorne.
  • Walter Reed, Week 295, December 10, 2010, Christmas Tree Lights Up………

    12/12/2010 12:53:18 PM PST · by kburi · 27 replies · 5+ views
    December 12, 2010 | Kburi
    …….. the front of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, officially beginning the Christmas season. Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree Tonight, the American Flag flown on a recent mission in a Navy EA-6B Prowler flying out of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan joined flag row in front of Walter Reed. It was sent to the DC Chapter of Free Republic by Electronic Attack Squadron 209. (See Walter Reed After Action Report, Week 292, November 12, 2010) This American Flag Flew Over Afghanistan This evening was fairly quiet but we had a good response from cars, trucks and buses passing by. In...
  • Walter Reed, Week 294, December 3, 2010, The First Friday in December…….

    12/08/2010 7:21:32 PM PST · by kburi · 5 replies · 2+ views
    December 8, 2010 | kburi
    …….. was very lively indeed, at the Front Gate. Following is a summary of the evening as reported by Mrs Trooprally. The best thing about being at Walter Reed is knowing that the Troops like us being there. Tonight a few soldiers came out and thanked us. Then they talked with VictoryNY, whose enthusiasm is like a magnet. TammyCat and VictoryNY did their hoops and hollers and maintained a high energy level which kept the evening very lively. Tonight was pretty cold and Bill’s generator went on the fritz. So NO HEAT !!!! Mrs T used hand warmers so...
  • Walter Reed, Week 293, November 26, 2010, Thanksgiving Weekend…….

    11/30/2010 10:11:56 AM PST · by kburi · 15 replies
    November 30, 2010 | carykoki
    …..arrived, finding many wounded warriors off post for a long weekend. There was no Friday night dinner and therefore, no bus. The DC Chapter of Free Republic maintained its presence for the 293rd consecutive Friday night. Mrs Trooprally reported the minutes for this After Action Report: " After Thanksgiving, when everyone was stuffed with turkey, eight of us managed to get off the sofas and brave the elements. We were in good spirits and had great conversation. But, it was darn cold. 3D-Joy missed the cold so much that she came for a visit from Florida. Lurker Bill set...
  • Walter Reed, Week 292, On November 19, 2010, 21 Young Republicans From…….

    11/21/2010 7:26:48 AM PST · by kburi · 8 replies
    November 21, 2010 | Kburi
    …..George Washington University joined the DC Chapter of Free Republic, for its 292nd consecutive Friday night rally, supporting the troops and their families. Twenty one students including the student paper photographer (from Bermuda), held signs, chanted USA, USA…., and sang a few patriotic songs. George Washington University Students Arrive in Force! They brought a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the front gates of Walter Reed. But most importantly, they showed by their presence and comments that they support the wounded warriors. They came from states such as California, Maine, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas plus upstate NY, Manhattan and...
  • Walter Reed, Week 291, November 12, 2010, On Veterans Day Weekend….

    11/14/2010 9:32:00 AM PST · by kburi · 16 replies
    November 14, 2010 | Kburi
    …..Many Wounded Warriors had left for the weekend and there was no bus. Margaret of the Aleethia Foundation brought us two surprises. The first was a recognition certificate and American flag sent by Electronic Attack Squadron 209 to the DC Chapter of Free Republic. The certificate and American flag were flown on a recent mission on a Navy EA-6B Prowler flying out of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Both were received on behalf of the DC Chapter of Free Republic by Mr and Mrs Trooprally, and CindyTrueSupporter. (see photos) Members of the DC Chapter of Free Republic Holding the Certificate...