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Gathering of Eagles – Protecting the Vietnam War Memorial Wall from the Leftists

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting[Clicking on the photo above will take you to the Military Blog post of Bill Faith of Small Town Veteran and Old War Dogs about the Gathering of Eagles, a gathering of patriotic Americans on March 17th, 2007 to protect the Vietnam War Memorial from the anti-American Leftists who plan to protest that day.]

I plan to update this post throughout the day today with much, much more information and links to the many, many Military Blogs who are promoting this event. For now, here is the basic information, via GatheringofEagles.org:

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, Ramsey Clark 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 Fonda 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 an exchange of information, visit and join the Gathering of Eagles message board.

February 17, 2007 , 10:05PM Posted by | Afghanistan, American History, Anti-War Groups, CODE PINK, Democrats, Dhimmitude, Gathering of Eagles, Iran, Iraq, Leftist Groups, Media Bias, Military, Military History, Terrorism, Viet Nam, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Gathering of Eagles – Protecting the Vietnam War Memorial Wall from the Leftists

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So I have gotten a message and have seen a bulletin post in which the legitimacy of “A Gathering of Eagles” has come into question. My guess is that the anti-America, anti-military, pro-Communist traitors who are organizing the protest on March 17th, 2007 found out about the large support for the counter-protest and are getting scared. They know they will not be able to match our numbers, so they are doing typical leftist tactics and trying to stop us through a smear campaign.

Well, you can read for yourself about the legitimacy of this grassroots effort.

FYI, here are my posts about what the anti-America, anti-military, Pro-Communist groups did at their “protest” back in January in Washington, D.C. and is the reason for A Gathering of Eagles:

The Anti-American Mobs Marching in Washington D.C. This Weekend

The Million Moron March – Make Poop, Not War! (VIDEO)

Anti-War Blogger Didn’t Know Jane Fonda was Activist (UPDATED!)

The following military blogs are only a sampling of the many supporting the cause:

Blackfive: A Gathering of Eagles

Bill Faith at Small Town Veteran

Curt at Flopping Aces: Protecting the Vietnam Wall from the Left

Old War Dogs: Saving America

Old War Dogs: A Gathering of Eagles <— GO WATCH THE INSPIRING VIDEO

Confederate Yankee: A Gathering of Eagles

MilBlogs: No, Don’t Spit on Them

Jules Crittenden: Eagles vs. Weasels

Euphoric Reality: To Protect the Vietnam Wall

Grunt Forum: Action Alert – Gathering of Eagles

Free Republic: Counter Protest March 17th, 2007 At the Wall

Free Republic: Gathering of Eagles

My Pet Jawa: Protecting the Vietnam Memorial from Leftist America Haters

Mudville Gazette: Gathering of Eagles

Veteran American: We Will Be There Brothers

UPDATE I: Here is more information, including pictures and video, about what the anti-America, anti-military, Pro-Communist protesters did in January on Capitol Hill: Bongos, boobs, Truthers, and waterboarding voyeurs; Plus photos: The thugs run amok at the Capitol

At the DC Indymedia site, the thugs also crowed about vandalizing a Fox News van and smashing a window at a military recruitment office.

UPDATE II: They say they “support the troops!”, yet they do this: Spitting at a War Hero

Readers of this blog will remember the name Joshua Sparling. In December 2005, the Iraq war veteran received a disgusting, anti-war death wish card while being treated at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. for injuries from a bomb explosion in Ramadi. Last month, his right leg was amputated.

And this weekend, while participating in a counter-protest against the moonbat convergence, he was spit at by anti-war demonstrators. Via Allah, here’s the NYTimes report on the incident:

In Washington, counterprotesters also converged on the mall in smaller numbers, but the antiwar demonstration was largely peaceful. There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.

Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.

Capitol police made the antiwar protestors walk farther away from the counterprotesters.

“These are not Americans as far as I’m concerned,” Mr. Sparling said.

Kristinn Taylor at Free Republic, which counter-protested with Sparling, has more. Jim Hoft posts a photo of Sparling at the counter-protest.

Shame on the spitter. May you rot in hell.

On a related note of outrage, Ian Schwartz notes a Hill story on how Capitol police stood and watched as anti-war thugs vandalize the building:

Anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint on part of thewest front steps of the United States Capitol building after police were ordered to break their security line by their leadership, two sources told The Hill. According to the sources, police officers were livid when theywere told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse and Deputy Chief Daniel Nichols. “They were the commanders on the scene,” one source said, who requested anonymity. “It was disgusting.”

After police ceded the stairs, located on the lower west front of the Capitol, the building was locked down, the source added.

A second source who witnessed the incident said that the police had the crowd stopped at Third Street, but were told to bring the police line in front of the Capitol.

Approximately 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and began to spray paint “anarchist symbols” and phrase such as “Our capitol building” and “you can’t stop us” around the area, the source said.

February 17, 2007 , 10:03PM Posted by | Afghanistan, Anti-War Groups, CODE PINK, Democrats, Dhimmitude, Gathering of Eagles, Iran, Iraq, Leftist Groups, Media Bias, Military, Terrorism, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Military Blogs Supporting Gathering of Eagles