On Saturday September 15, 2007 in Washington D.C. the Gathering of Eagles got together again to bring a counter demonstration to the anti-war protestors. The numbers I have seen varied widely for both groups in the mainstream media but I and a few others that were there agreed that the Gathering of Eagles was about 2000 and the anti-war protestors about 5000 -7000. The Gathering of Eagles was made up mainly of veterans, their families and the supporters of the troops. Most of the Gathering of Eagles participants have traveled from across the country to be in Washington D.C. to counter the anti war protests. The anti war protestors were made up of mainly college age adults from the Washington D.C. area, some disgruntled Iraq war veterans and they also utilized a fair amount of some young school aged children. Of course what would a protest be without some leftover gray and aged anti-Vietnam war era protestors that completely hate America? They came to spew what little venom they have left and to pass onto a new generation the hate they have for anything that makes America look like the great nation that it is.
The Gathering of Eagles held their morning rally on the National Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument just east of the Smithsonian Institute. It was a somewhat breezy morning and the abundance of American and American military flags snapped briskly in the stiff morning breeze. After getting things organized on the stage there was a host of speakers making speeches to rally the troops for the afternoon melee. Later we would man the barricades to show the anti-war protesters they do not control the streets or the debate despite all the attention they are provided by the mainstream media. Some of the speakers at the Gathering of Eagles rally included Congressman Duncan Hunter, Iraqi war veteran Mom Deborah Johns, Melanie Morgan of Moving America Forward and the mother of a Navy Seal that gave his life trying to save a fellow Navy Seal. The story she told of her brave son was very compelling and I was awestruck by her strength of character.
After the rally it was down to Pennsylvania Ave to man the barricades to confront the protesters. We had to wait for quite some time for the organizers to get their motley bunch of miscreants moving down Pennsylvania Ave but they finally came with their yellow and orange signs with all types of messages on them. I stopped a few protesters to argue with them to take off their masks covering their faces so I can take pictures and post them on them on the internet. After all I was willing to stand there and be photographed by all types of cameras and videos that appeared to be designed to be some type of intimidation to us. I knew then that they have very little conviction to their cause. Sure there is a hard core in there somewhere but when confronted directly face to face they quickly fall apart for the reasons why they are there. The Eagles that stood along the barricades are dedicated to their cause and it is quite apparent when push comes to shove as it did in a few places along the route.
The clownish parade ended up at the Capitol building with their planned finale of what they called a ‘die in”. I’ll let others tell you about that part of that pitiful parade of shame. I never made it to the steps of Capitol to see that act, I had other fish to fry.
I have no pictures of the events at the circle of Pennsylvania Ave. and 1st Street out in front of the Capitol that I’m about to describe because my hands were full holding onto the American flag I had brought with me. I handed out plenty of my business cards with my blog address on it so if anyone has any pictures let me know.
After an already long day I was about to start my journey home. The parade had already gone by, I confronted many protesters and I was getting tired. I had to drive home from Washington D.C. which is about three hours from where I live. Then I saw it and I became completely enraged and I was going to do something about this. Right there, in the middle of Capitol of the United States, someone was flying a flag of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic; the “Hammer and Sickle”. I headed right over to the place this flag was being flown and confronted the young men and women that had an information table set up.
The young communists where handing out leaflets. One young girl was even wearing a scarf and earrings with the Hammer and Sickle on them. There was a chorus of teenage girls chanting “the cold war was over” at me. I told them angrily “yes, the cold war was over and the Berlin wall is gone and plenty of people gave their lives to tear that wall down”. I informed them I spent 10 years of my life defending the nation from that hated Hammer and Sickle, the symbol of man's worst aggression and enslavement. Then the Cavalry came to back me up. A group of fellow veterans saw me confronting this group of communists with my American flag flying high. I ended up walking away after battering them with all the verbal abuse I could muster and soon they struck their colors and moved on. I walked across Pennsylvania Ave to continue on my journey home and two vets that had been watching this whole thing go on said to me “good job” and asked me where I had served. I told them with great pride as I did all day, to everyone else “I’m US Navy and I came to fight today, not to make peace by surrender”.