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Any Steyroid vets going to the big gathering at the National Mall this Saturday? I know Vietnam-era vets in particular are coming from all across the nation as well as other vets. Wish I could go but I can't. The reason is a counter-demonstration of support for our troops in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. The "moonbats" are planning another big protest of the war, perhaps with a return engagement with Hanoi Jane Fonda.

See http://www.gatheringofeagles.org/

And another vets group is also organizing for the trip, called "These Colors Don't Run"

'These Colors Don't Run' to hold counterprotest

By Eric Pfeiffer
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
March 13, 2007

A caravan of military family members is driving cross-country to show their continuing support for the troops, culminating in a large pro-troop rally in Washington this weekend.
Calling their effort "These Colors Don't Run," the series of rallies, which was organized by the Move America Forward organization, is making 25 stops before arriving at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Saturday.
"Some politicians don't seem to have the will and fortitude to stand behind our troops when they need us most, and that saddens me," said Deborah Johns, whose son, William, is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq with the Marines.
Members of the caravan say they have collected more than 5,000 U.S. flags since their trip began. The group plans to simultaneously display the flags during the rally, creating what they call a "giant flag city" on the National Mall. Afterward, the flags will be mailed to military service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Some of the other groups joining the rally say they have another mission: Protecting the Vietnam memorial from anti-war protesters who will also be marching on the Mall that same day.
"We do not want, nor will we tolerate, a repeat of what happened at the U.S. Capitol," read a statement from Rolling Thunder, a war veterans support organization.
During a January anti-war protest near the Capitol, some anti-war demonstrators spray-painted slogans on the Capitol Steps.
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20070312-104603-7820r.htm
 

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Gathering of Eagles

One Marine's View, a military blog, posted the following today about this Saturday's counter-protest planned at the anti-war rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Wish I could go to help defend the Vietnam Memorial.

http://www.onemarinesview.com/one_marines_view/2007/03/make_a_differen.html#more

March 13, 2007
Make a difference!
On Saturday, March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day -- there is a march planned in Washington, D.C., that has nothing whatsoever to do with Blessed Patrick.
Instead, as reported by columnist Michelle Malkin: "On that day, well-funded celebrity-studded anti-war groups plan to march to the Pentagon, on a protest route that will take them past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and climax in calls for immediate withdraws of our troops from Iraq, destruction of America's global military machine, shutdown of the enemy combatant detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay and impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney (plus an end to 'colonial occupation' in Palestine, Haiti and everywhere 'for good measure')."
The last time this anti-war mob assembled in our nation's capital:

* Rocks were thrown at a military recruitment station near DuPont Circle -- and at a Fox News van.
* This mob broke through a Capitol Hill police security line and spray-painted the U.S. Capitol building.
* The Lone Sailor at the U.S. Navy Memorial was desecrated.
* Disabled Iraqi war veteran Josh Sparling, as he expressed his support for his fellow troops in Iraq, was spat upon by demonstrators.

Since there were tens of thousands of such detestables versus only 40 who supported Sparling, there has been organized a counter-protest called The Gathering of Eagles.
http://www.gatheringofeagles.org/
 
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