Gathering of Eagles to flock to Washington, D.C.- 3/17/07. Have you heard this?

@ladyluna (7004)
United States
February 23, 2007 7:38am CST
"The Gathering of Eagles" is an event planned on March 17th in Washington, D.C. to defend the Viet Nam "Wall", and other War Memorials, from desecration and the kind of vandalism that has occurred at other anti-war rallies around the U.S. Link: http://www.gatheringofeagles.org Anti-war protesters, with little impulse control, have vandalized the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Jan.'07, and US War Memorials with spray paint, and indelible ink. Link: http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/Nws/Frontgape/012507/protesters.html U.S. Veterans and civilian patriots (of both political persuasions) fear that the demonstrators will desecrate and/or vandalize "The Wall", a memorial that is deeply precious to Veterans. Many Vets have exclaimed that they will no longer tolerate such vandalism, or the hurtful disrespect of anti-war protestors spitting on disabled vets, such as occurred at the January protest. Have you heard about this? Are you planning on joining the Gathering of Eagles? What do you think about U.S. War Memorials being vandalized by the anti-war crowd? Do you think that Vets are mobilizing now because "Hanoi Jane" re-emerged from obscurity to re-join the protest circuit? If you've never heard of "Hanoi Jane", there is plenty of info on the web about her. All opinions are welcomed. But, let's remember to all be nice! Thanks! Links to news articles about some fo the vandalism that has taken place: (Sorry they're not live links, I don't have 500 posts yet, so no cutting/pasting.) http://ace.mu.nu.archives/165074.php http://www.sthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=3139133&nav=9TahY28g http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/f26/irving-texas-memorial-wall-vandalized-11447.html http://starbulletin.com/97/05/23/news/holiday.html http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=3447087 http://www.rockartusa.com/911-memorial.asp http://cfcn.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/scfcn/CTVNews/20060703/war deface 060703
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@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I am so glad they are doing this. I read about all the vandalism and attempt to take over the capital and a few people actually spit on a handicapped veteran. It's really kinda funny how ironic the "peace" protesters are. You have to admire how dumb they really are.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Thank you for responding Mr.NiceGuy!!! I was beginning to think that people were afraid to touch this subject matter. Peace demonstrators spitting on disabled veterans, and vandalizing memorials. Yup, you're right! These are not the kind of actions one equates with a true longing for peace. Was this the first time you'd heard about the Gathering of Eagles? And, do you know anyone who is joining the Eagles? Like you, I'm really glad that Veterans and civilian Patriots are joining together to prevent and desecration that might have otherwise taken place at the St. Patty's Day protest. I truly hope that the day goes off without incident!
• Grand Junction, Colorado
25 Feb 07
I wish that I followed things like this more closely sometimes but I don't, partly because it makes me so angry, that people are this ignorant. While I haven't heard of this (vandalism or the disrespect in recent days) it really doesn't surprise me that it's happening. Why doesn't it surprise me? Well because for what ever reason "The Peace Lover's of America" (this is my term for them) get so angry about there opinion and others not agreeing with them, that violence & destruction of property seems to ensue, which is in direct conflict of what they are suppose to be protesting, non violent solutions. Regardless of the war any war whether I believe we should or shouldn't be involved, ALL veteran's should be RESPECTED, they joined the military to serve this country how ever our government decides that should be done. Have protesters stopped wars from continuing? I don't believe so, our government decides when we leave, not us. If it was us that decided then I think that we wouldn't be where we are today. I wish that I could contribute more factual data instead of just my opinion but sadly I can't. I hope that one day people can understand that sometimes people don't have a choice, Vietnam was one of those, many, many people didn't volunteer for service they were drafted, what choice did they have, leave there home and be considered AWOL and never be able to return to this country or face jail. Most regardless of what they thought was right or wrong on the war, believed that serving there country was the right thing to do. Then they come back to these "Make Love not War" rally's or protests or what ever they were called and were actually physically assaulted and spat on. Yes these would be the ones doing this today. I hope one day that all Americans will one day respect our military men and women as they deserve for the sacrifices they have made. We have our freedoms today because of previous generations sacrifices. The memorials that this country has put up are suppose to show the respect they deserve and to defile them in any way is so unbelievable and disrespectful that I truly can't find words strong enough to convey how outraged that I am to here that GROWN adults behave this way. As always this just my 2 cents. Happy mylotting everyone. :)
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Feb 07
(As she stands and applauds) WAY TO GO BEANIEFANATIC!!! You opine as all Americans should, regardless of their view of the war. Those who step up to serve this country are our Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Brothers and Sisters. They are our neighbors and friends who put their own lives on hold to respond to a call of duty that most ignore. They willingly put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. They deserve our absolute respect, and nothing less. Reading and hearing about the vandalism and disrespect shown by the "Peace Lovers" as you say, both angers and deeply saddens me. When they desecrate any memorial, they may as well be desecrating my own Father's tombstone. He was a double "Purple Heart" recipient, and one of the lucky ones who survived the beaches of Normandy in WWII. So many soldiers did not come home from overseas. For those whose remains were never returned to their families, the memorials erected in their honor ARE the tombstones of their loved ones. Violence in Peace's name. I just don't get it! The fact that the Gathering of Eagles was initiated by a few veterans, not a formal organization, and snowballed from just a few to thousands, is really remarkable. This isn't some organization with an agenda, it's individuals, from all walks of life who are stepping up (and paying their own way) to tell the anti-war activists that dishonoring the memory of all those who've served -- is NEVER OK. Had you heard about the Gathering of Eagles prior to my post? Have you heard about "These Colors Don't Run" caravans that will be travelling across country, from California to D.C. to meet up with the Eagles?
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
26 Feb 07
I'm sorry to say that I hadn't heard of either of these prior to your post. My father served in the military until he retired after 25 years and then was in civil service until this past Dec when he retired. So basically that's all he ever new was military life. I grew up with men serving their country, my grandfather served in the military until he also retired. When I wrote this I thought of them as recipients of the humiliation directed towards them (even though as far as I know they weren't directly on the receiving end they might as well be). My brother to joined the military following in the family footsteps until he was permanently disabled. None of them talk about their military experiences so I really have no idea how they feel about such things, although I'm betting pretty angry. After reading this post and responding I sent my dad a copy of this and told him how proud I am of him. So thank you again for this post and I hope that more people come here to respond. :)
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Thank you Beaniefanatic13, Like you, all of the of the men in my life have served in the military. Husband, Father, both Grandfathers, and both Brothers. It really touched me that you sent a copy of this thread to your Father. I'm sure you warmed his heart.
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@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I'm extremely proud to see this event being organized and carried out. The protests have gotten out of control and we do need to protect our memorials.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Thank you Smith2028 for your input on this subject. I couldn't agree more! As you can see from the above posts and the 'Eagles' link, many Americans are ready to stand up and say "Enough is enough". Have a great night.