On The Wings Of Eagles……
March 17, 2007
Today is a special day…… Not only is today Saint Patrick’s Day, but it’s also the day that Eagles soar into Washington D.C. The Gathering Of Eagles gathers near the Vietnam Memorial today to stage a Pro-Troop rally and a vigil to guard the memorials dedicated to Fallen Warriors against anti-war protesters led by Cindy Sheehan and Jane Fonda, among others. They are there to protest not only the Global War On Terror, but by doing so, protest the mission that our Brave Warriors serving in our Nation’s Armed Forces are dedicated to winning. Some of the groups that have joined with these two, have made indication that they might attempt to deface the Vietnam Wall. Eagles from all over the United States and even other countries had joined the cause to protect our sacred war memorials, honoring our Heroes who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for this Country.
The Eagles are a special group of men and women. Many of them Veterans of the Vietnam War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, many are currently serving and many are there because they Love and Support our Troops. Each of them is a Warrior in their own way…. Warriors who by their presence pay loving tribute to our Fallen Warriors. Warriors who are standing up and saying “Never again will we allow you to desecrate our sacred Memorials. Never again, will your protests go unanswered. Never again, will we allow you to defame the Names and Memories of our Fallen Bretheren, who layed down their lives, so that you might have the Freedoms you take advantage of with your protests.”
Though I can’t be in Washington DC today, I’m with the Eagles in my heart and standing there beside them in spirit. I salute each and every one of the Eagles.
[UPDATE] 7:20 PM: If you’ve watched the media coverage of this event today, they really downplayed the Eagles attendance and instead focused on the Anti-War protestors, making it sound as if the Eagles were gravely outnumbered. From the pictures I’m seeing, that’s NOT the case at all. Michelle Malkin attended The Gathering Of Eagles today and has this to report:
Blogburst: Gathering of Eagles
By Michelle Malkin Â· March 17, 2007 05:35 PM
It was a breath-taking, historic, and emotional day in Washington, D.C. You won’t know it if you tune in to the usual MSM channels. But new media–bloggers, conservative documentarians, Internet activists, FReepers, citizen journalists, photojournalists, and talk radio hosts–turned out in full force to participate and cover the Gathering of Eagles counter-protest. Thousands upon thousands turned out despite freezing temperatures and hairy travel conditions. We met bikers who drove up all night from Huntsville, Alabama; a retired NYC firefighter who arrived here at 2am; college students who traveled from Massachusetts; a Vietnam veteran’s wife who bought plane tickets at the last minute from San Francisco; and countless participants who arrived as part of Move America Forward’s cross-country caravan.
A pure, grass-roots effort, the Gathering of Eagles’ volunteers matched the massive Soros-funded anti-war machine sign for sign, chant for chant, and marcher for marcher. The contrast was most stark right before the entrance to the Memorial Bridge, where Eagles gathered with a field of American flags–while anti-Bush, 9/11 conspiracy nuts wrapped themselves in a figurative blanket of yellow “Out of Iraq” placards. Several of the vets shouted, “Yellow! How appropriate!” in between spirited chants of “U.S.A! U.S.A!” While the classless Cindy Sheehan ranted profanely, the Eagles raised their voices in polite, but roaring disapproval and raised their American flags in answer to the ANSWER socialists’ Che banners and peace pennants.
Why did the Eagles come? One common refrain: Vietnam veterans, some fighting back tears, told us they came to show the kind of support for the troops that they did not receive when the surrender lobby marched on the Pentagon 40 years ago today.
Meantime, the battle for victory against global jihad continues. God bless our troops on the front lines.
E-mail or track back if you were there for a GoE blogburst.
We’ll have a full video report on Hot Air Monday and more coverage to come. Here are a few photos I snapped with frozen fingers. I’ll upload the rest to the Hot Air Flickr page later tonight: