[UPDATE on this story found here]
I've said a time or two (or more) in the past that the veterans of our nations armed forces will not sit by silently and let our younger brothers and sisters currently bearing arms be the subject of ridicule and harrassment by a group of people who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. It seems that my prediction has come to bear:
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.
I'm telling you what, I couldn't be happier about this unless I was going to be able to BE THERE in body myself.
"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.
This is my word to those of you out to cause mischief, out to stir up discontent, out to stir up trouble: the veterans of the United States armed forces WILL NOT TOLERATE your bullshit, nor will we let you vilify those of us still wearing our uniforms. We've sat by, watching you on the left, listening to your hateful talk, your lies, your accusations of attrocities, your LIES, long enough.
We are TIRED of foreign influences coercing our citizens into activities that promote disharmony in our nation, and if you will look very, very closely at this article, you will see a list of sponsors of this anti-war march, and see that a great number of them are Islamic organizations. Quite a statement made by actions, in my opinion.
I think I speak for the vast majority of those of us who have PUT ON our uniforms and SERVED in our nations defense when I raise the old battle cry of "I'm mad as HELL, and I'm not going to take it ANY MORE."
To those of you veterans who have fallen to the wayside and been swayed by the lies of the left, my prayers are for you, that you will recall when you spoke your oath and said "I AM an American fighting man..."
To my brother and sister veterans, no matter your branches of service, no matter your time period of service, I salute you for taking up the battle once again for our traditions and our way of life.
Once and always, an American Fighting Man