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At the anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. in January 2007, there was ALOT of damage done at the Capitol steps.    We cannot and will not allow this to happen at The Wall or to any of our memorials.
 
 
 
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Let the anti-war demonstrators march, but not at the Vietnam Veterans Wall.
Sussex, NJ
Proud Vietnam Veteran
 
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From: "Bill Laurie" <bill_laurie@yahoo.com>
 
Here's email from VN Vet friend regarding planned "anti-war" (i.e.: pro-Terrorist) demonstration planned in next few weeks.  Planned route of travel will take them by The Wall.   Here's what a vet has to say about it:

The plans for the antiwar protest on March 17th appear to be firmed up.
   Here's the intel I got from someone in MD.  "The area where the "proposed" protesters' permit has them assemble is on the hill overlooking the Wall (about 50 yards East).  Unfortunately the route to the Pentagon from their probable gathering area is between the Wall and the reflecting basin; past the Wall, past the Women in Vietnam Statue and past the Three Soldiers Statue."
   This means as they walk by they can do whatever they can imagine, probably not spray paint, but maybe try to hang signs off the statues, paste mottos on The Wall, plant signs above or below it, etc.  And make it part of their political activism.

   The primary purpose of US servicemen and women as been to safeguard Freedom, including the freedom of these people to protest lawfully.  But that does not mean they can drag the Memorial to our fallen into their political activism.  The Memorial is like the symbolic gravestone of our comrades, big, black, somber.  It is NOT about politics, it is about honoring their sacrifice.  It is NOT about whether this nation should not have gone to Viet Nam, or should have stayed longer and done more. 
   It is NOT about the personalities and controversies of those days, or any other days.  Everyone should understand that the remembrance and honor we give to those who didn't come back is about THEM, and nothing else.  If my brother or my son was in the antiwar movement, I would respect his convictions and support his right to protest, but I would tell him Leave The Wall out of it.  Don't go there, don't even think of going there."  And if the same person was rabidly supportive of our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted to paste a poster across The Wall saying "Support The Troops", I would say the same thing.  Leave The Wall out of it.
   To that end, I hope that by twos and threes, by sixes and tens, vets will take the time, make the trip, and the trickle of men will swell gradually on the day before, to a slowly gathering host.  And on that day there will be enough of us there to fill the space along The Wall shoulder to shoulder, six men deep, and around the statues too, so that we can stand there, quiet, peaceful, dignified, and totally determined that no one, NO ONE comes to touch The Wall with poster or paint or flag or emblem or anything else.  The protesters will be able to walk past us, but not through us.
   Let the cameras roll, let the TV screens in this country and best of all, in the camps of our soldiers across the world, show everyone that some things are indeed sacred, to be respected and guarded, and that the bond exists to bring old vets together to stand sentry once again over the place dedicated to their brothers.

1st MarDiv, 1968
I'll see you there

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At the anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. 2 weeks ago there was ALOT of damage done at the Capitol steps. We cannot and will not allow this to happen at The Wall or to any of our memorials.
 


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It is being called a  "Gathering of Eagles"
(This might not be the only time, we have to do this...)
We might have to do it a few times a year,
 until certain people understand our commitment to our sisters and brothers.
Lets make it a great reunion.
(Even Jane Fonda will be there.)
Jack   
Proud Vietnam Veteran      
 
 
This has nothing to do with politics.   It's more about respect for our brother and sister veterans...
 
 
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Gathering of Eagles is an act of love by thousands of veterans who choose to honor the sacrifice of the fallen by guarding the memorials from those who would desecrate them on March 17th in a “peaceful” anti-war rally in Washington D.C.

It is also an act of war, a call to action for every American who chooses to stand and say “No more!” to those who would spit on our veterans and ridicule their service to our nation.

We invite you to join us March 17th, as we stand together as one to ensure that the sacrifices of our fallen and the memorials that remember them are not tarnished by the ungrateful.

 
 
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From:   Bruce Obermeyer
 

I don't usually "Reply to All", but I believe the following might be helpful to those of you struggling with how to compose a letter to your Senators and your Member of the House of Representatives -- and to any other public official who needs to be informed so we can see who is on which side. This is a letter I just sent to my Senators and my Representative. The top part is a form letter on the site below and then I simply modified the Subject to include "Memorials" and added the "Same song, second verse --" part from what I have received from this email conversation. Credit to the author is offered, but I don't remember who it is. At any rate, use what you feel is acceptable to you. If you want to find out how to contact your Senators and Representative as well as State legislators, use this link:  
http://www.frc.org/context.cfm?c=CONG_DIR_LEG

Feel free to pass this on to others and post it on chats and blogs and every other place you think it will be read.

With Respects,

Bruce Obermeyer
http://www.opaobie.com/promisekept.html

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Here is the letter:


Subject: Protect our U.S. Capitol and Memorials against vandals!


The Hill newspaper reports that during the weekend of January 26th about 300 protestors spray-painted federal property on the U.S. Capitol grounds. U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse and Deputy Chief Daniel Nichols told police officers to allow the protestors to continue their vandalism and not to arrest anyone. The protestors actions directly violate federal law. Since the U.S. Capitol Police are answerable to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, I ask that you publicly investigate how this happened. I support the right of peaceful, non-violent demonstration; however, willful destruction of federal property is not non-violent. The U.S. Capitol belongs to every American and it, and those who represent us within it, deserve respect.

Same song, second verse --

As you must surely know, anti-war activists are planning a protest on March 17, 2007. They intend to begin their protest in the vicinity of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The area where the "proposed" protesters' permit has them assemble is on the hill overlooking the Wall (about 50 yards East). Unfortunately the route to the Pentagon from their probable gathering area is between the Wall and the reflecting basin, past the Wall, past the Women in Vietnam Statue and past the Three Soldiers Statue. This means as they walk by they can do whatever they can imagine, hopefully not spit on the Wall or toss urine or feces on it or spray paint it, but maybe try to hang signs off the statues, paste mottos on the Wall, plant signs above or below it, etc., and make it part of their political activism.

The primary purpose of US servicemen and women has been to safeguard Freedom, including the freedom of these people to protest lawfully. But that does not mean they can drag the Memorial to our fallen into their political activism. The Memorial is like the symbolic gravestone of our comrades, big, black, somber. It is NOT about politics, it is about honoring their sacrifice. It is NOT about whether this nation should not have gone to Viet Nam, or should have stayed longer and done more. It is NOT about the personalities and controversies of those days, or any other days.

Everyone should understand that the remembrance and honor we give to those who didn't come back is about THEM, and nothing else. If my brother or my son was in the antiwar movement, I would respect his convictions and support his right to protest, but I would tell him Leave The Wall out of it. Don't go there, don't even think of going there." And if the same person was rabidly supportive of our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted to paste a poster across The Wall saying "Support The Troops", I would say the same thing. Leave The Wall out of it.

Therefore, I respectfully insist that you take such actions as are necessary to prevent a recurrence of the vandalism and disrespect that occurred in last month's "protest" from being repeated. Please make sure the DC police and other law enforcement agencies are NOT ordered to allow the law to be broken again and that lawbreakers are arrested and charged with whatever crimes they commit.

Thank you for listening to my views on this vital subject.

Sincerely,


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From: John \"Jack\" Cunningham
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 15:20:58 -0500


Please keep passing the word around the internet on veterans' and non-vets' message boards and in guestbooks. Please develop flyers to pass around off the internet.   We can have a great veteran reunion at the Wall on March 17.   Even Jane Fonda will be there.   We can't ask for more fun in one spot!!!
Please start planning your trip!
Jack Cunningham http://www.capveterans.com/jack_cunningham/id23.html

This has nothing to do with politics.   It's more about respect for our brother veterans...

 

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'Gathering of Eagles' to protect Vietnam Veterans Wall

By C.J. Raven
 U.S. Veteran Dispatch

February 07, 2007

Leftist activists who march to the Pentagon next month will discover that their path won't be as clear as it has been in the past.

The group, led by Cindy Sheehan, Jane Fonda, Ed Asner and their ilk, plan to gather March 17 at the Vietnam Memorial Wall to begin a march to protest America's involvement in the Iraq war. The date marks the fourth anniversary of the war's beginning.

This time, however, protestors will see objectors if they spit on Iraqi veterans again, or throw paint on a war memorial. This time, they will encounter a buzz saw of Vietnam veterans and supporters who will gather to protect the Wall, and show their support for U.S. troops. The counter-protestors are calling themselves the Gathering of Eagles.

"... An eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks. The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it."

An unknown author wrote that description, but it describes how the veterans see their mission. They are angry that the Wall is being used as a jumping off point for a political protest and they are gathering to protect it from another storm of anti-war activists.

"The anti-war/anti-America group cannot be allowed to use the Vietnam Memorial Wall as a back-drop to their anti-America venom and stain the hallowed ground that virtually cries out with blood at the thought of this proposed desecration ... it must not happen," said veteran Bud Gross. "... All Americans are invited to support our effort, which is intended as a defender of hallowed ground and intended as a non-violent competition between those that would sell out America and those of us who support freedom and keeping the fight with the enemy on distant shores."

The group defending the Wall will be wearing armbands to identify themselves. Those who are unable to stand with the defenders are being asked to wear armbands with small U.S. flags to show their own communities that they abhor the Fonda-Sheehan tactics.

"We'll be there to act as a countervailing force against the Cindy Sheehan-Jane Fond march from the Vietnam Memorial to the Pentagon," retired Navy Capt. Larry Bailey said. "We will protect the Vietnam Memorial. If they try to deface it, there will be some violence, I guarantee you."

Bailey and thousands of his fellow Vietnam vets are worried that the anti-war protesters will damage the wall, just as they spray-painted the steps of the Capitol at their last march.

The wall is sacred to the men and women who fought in that war.

"It is our contact with our dead brothers -- those who lost their lives in the cause of their country," Bailey said.

And so it is that Washington will see a Gathering of Eagles - Americans determined to stand up against leftist propagandists who denigrate U.S. troops and the mission for which they sometimes sacrifice their lives.

Retired Col. Harry Riley organized the Gathering of Eagles. Organizers hope thousands will show up in Washington from as far away as Hawaii, and they won't only be Vietnam veterans. Families, friends and veterans of other wars, including Iraq, and soldiers still on active duty, will be there to defend the Wall.

"When we say a gathering of eagles, that signifies people who support the American way," Bailey said.

The leftist Web site MarchonPentagon.org describes the anti-war demonstrators this way: "The March on the Pentagon has already attracted more than 1,500 endorsers, including prominent individuals and national and grassroots organizations. Students on college campuses and in high schools will be attending in large numbers. There will be a large turnout from the Muslim and Arab American community, which is organizing throughout the country."

The movement is well-financed. Its sponsor list is lengthy and contains highly recognizable names, as well as those of Fonda and Sheehan:

  • Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark (who offered his services to defend Saddam Hussein)
  • Ultra-liberal Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
  • Ron Kovic, Vietnam veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July"
  • Mahdi Bray, executive director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
  • Waleed Bader, vice chair of the National Council of Arab Americans and former president of Arab Muslim American Federation
  • Medea Benjamin, co-founder, CODEPINK and Global Exchange
  • Free Palestine Alliance
  • Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
  • Islamic Political Party of America
  • FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front)
  • Islamic-National Congress
  • Gay Liberation Network
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Jibril Hough, chairman, Islamic Political Party of America

Retired Air Force Col. Smitty Harris, a former Vietnam POW, doesn't believe Fonda's protests carry the weight they once did. Harris says Fonda's actions at the march last month were "anti-American," just as they were in the 1970s, and won't have much effect on public opinion.

"It was big news during the Vietnam era when they had these marches ... because people didn't have all the alternative ways of finding out what is true and what's not," he recently told Agape Press. "So I don't think it's going to have a big effect." In fact, he says, it could even be counterproductive.

Today, Harris points out, Americans have talk radio and media outlets like the Fox News Channel to hear the voices of those who do not agree with Jane Fonda's point of view.

For more information, visit the Gathering of Eagles message board.

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