In times of need it has always come down to a dedicated and unassuming group of Americans to keep the republic safe and intact from those that would do it harm. Yesterday in Washington DC I had the honor to be a part of those that are always there to defend and protect in the “Gathering of Eagles”.
My friend Marie and I arrived too late for the morning rally because I had to fight through the ice and snow that had fallen the night before to leave my house. I followed snow plows and salt trucks through the winding roads of western Chester County, Pennsylvania and northern Maryland to emerge onto I-95 just north of Baltimore, Maryland. Once on the cleared interstate highway I continued on my journey to Alexandria Virginia to meet up with my friend Marie.
Marie had driven all the way from Oklahoma City only to run into that same snow and ice storm to drive on the unfamiliar snow and ice covered roads of western Pennsylvania and Maryland the night before to reach the motel in Alexandria, Virginia. I was astounded when Marie had called me from a phone somewhere in Maryland to tell me what she had driven through and was continuing on to Virginia because she did not want to miss this Gathering of Eagles after she had come so far.
After Marie and I sat and talked for a few minutes we left the motel and somehow found the train station at East Church Falls, Virginia, got our passes and rode the train over to the National Mall. We got off at the Smithsonian Institute and walked about a mile in the windy 30 degree weather to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “The Wall” and when we finally arrived it was about 11:30 am, too late for the rally. The rally wasn’t the whole story though in my eyes. I watched as those that had come there to protect and defend our nation’s monuments from outside agitators, go solemnly about the business of protecting the honor, dignity and great sacrifice that these monuments represent. After the morning pep rally there were no bullhorns directing the masses into artificial and preplanned routes. Those that showed up for the Gathering of Eagles already knew what needed to be done and went about their business with resolute organization.
I couldn’t help overhearing some say that they hope there would be equal coverage on the nightly news reports or the major news publications but I knew as many others that attended knew; there would be no equal coverage. I would be surprised if there was equal coverage because it would be akin to reporting that airliners were landing safely at the airport, it happens every day and it is not news. No, these people are not considered newsworthy but they are the people that keep and defend this republic and they go about it everyday without much recognition. These dignified monuments are erected to remember those that have given their lives to defend this nation and the Gathering of Eagles came Saturday to defend, remember and honor those great efforts and sacrifices.
I just want to thank the organizers of the Gathering of Eagles and those that keep a constant vigilance on our memorials.
Thank you, Jennifer