Was "A Gathering of Eagles" to support the troops a success in Washington, D.C.? Absolutely!
Thousands of counter-demonstrators lined the streets of D.C. and surrounded memorials to keep anti-war protesters from vandalizing areas considered sacred by veterans, such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Those Vietnam veterans were ignored when they returned home and were savaged by anti-war protesters in the 1960s/70s. This time they stood up to the radical activists.
The Sunday Washington Post reported:
As war protesters marched toward Arlington Memorial Bridge en route to the Pentagon yesterday, they were flanked by long lines of military veterans and others who stood in solidarity with U.S. troops and the Bush administration's cause in Iraq.
It sounds as if America has had it. The Silent Majority is finding its voice ... and its backbone.
The article went on to say:
Many booed loudly as the protesters passed, turned their backs to them or yelled, "If you don't like America, get out!"
Thank you, vets, for saying it for me since I couldn't be there to say it myself.
Some vets broke out in "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the anti-war protesters marched past. Others held signs that said "War There or War Here." The line of vets and supporters lined several blocks of Constitution Avenue.
With citizens coming from all over America, it was the largest gathering of pro-administration counter-demonstrators since the war began four years ago. A caravan called MoveAmerica Forward.com was responsible for many who participated; others drove or flew in from the northeast, midwest, and others places.
After years of anti-war protesters far outweighing everyday Americans who were busy with their lives and maybe a little apathetic about participating in a rally, something finally snapped.
The anti-war protesters have gone too far ... and Americans have finally noticed and are stepping to the plate.
From the Post:
At a Jan. 27 antiwar rally, some protesters spray-painted the pavement on a Capitol terrace. Others crowned the Lone Sailor statue at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue with a pink tiara that had "Women for Peace" written across it.
Word of those incidents ricocheted around the Internet.
"That was the real catalyst, right there," said Navy veteran Larry Bailey. "They showed they were willing to desecrate something that's sacred to the American soul." ...
Within days of the spray-painting, people were using the Web to organize, making it their mission to protect the monuments, support the troops and accept nothing less than victory in Iraq.
That was when we started planning our local "Gathering of Eagles" rally in Staunton to support the troops. Thankfully, on a cold winter day with snow on the ground and 20-mph winds, 150 people came out to publicly show their support of the troops, their mission, and our country.
I'm proud to be an American.