October 24, 2009

WEST CHESTER VICTORY RALLY – 10/24/09

Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 8:56 pm

We almost needed an ark today.  Steady heavy rains did not discourage this group of patriotic Americans.  Another huge turnout of happy people, proud to show support for our troops and their families.  Today’s rendition of the National Anthem was our best ever and as always we end with a group “Lord’s Prayer” for our troops protection and success.

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Thanks to all the hearty souls who came out and made it happen.  You are the best.  Our troops serve in all kinds of weather and we are proud of them.

Thank You Troops!  Thank You Military Families!

God Bless America!

October 21, 2009

GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON – FOUGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY, READ THE BIBLE, AND HIS TROOPS LOVED HIM

Filed under: Heroes — Rich Davis @ 2:29 am

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One of my favorite movies is PATTON.  It won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (George C. Scott) in 1970.  If you haven’t seen it, its a classic.  General Patton was one of the greatest warriors we’ve ever had. 

A friend of mine named Jerry – told me a story about his big brother, a WWII veteran.  Jerry used to be an NBA referee.  He’s in his 70′s now and this story epitomizes the respect and admiration the troops felt for Gen Patton.

When Jerry was 12 years old his 18-year old brother was serving under Gen. Patton in Europe.  Jerry idolized his big brother and while he was away fighting Nazis, Jerry turned their shared bedroom into a military shrine. 

He hung dozens of pictures of soldiers, weapons, tanks, aircraft, and ships on every wall and hung models from the ceiling.  He was very proud of the way the room looked and couldn’t wait till his brother came home to see it.

 When his brother came home, he looked at the bedroom and thanked Jerry for taking the time to show such honor.  Then he said, he liked it but was going to make a slight change.  He slowly removed everything from all the walls and ceiling.   Then he took out a large picture from his suitcase and hung it over his bed, it was the only thing he wanted on the walls.  It was a framed photo of General Patton.

Take a few minutes and watch this new speech by Gen Patton.  Patton’s speech 2008

Below is the famous “Patton Prayer” and his Christmas greeting sent December 8, 1944

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“Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.”

Christmas greeting

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“To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army, I wish a Merry Christmas. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory. May God’s blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day.”

Here are a few of his quotations

“In war the only sure defense is offense, and the efficiency of the offense depends on the warlike souls of those conducting it.”

“Wars might be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who leads that gains the victory.”

“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”

“A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.”

“America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser, this is why America has never, and will never, lose a war.”

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”

“By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.”

“Do everything you ask of those you command.”

“Do more than is required of you.”

“Fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity.”

“Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.”

“I always believe in being prepared, even when I’m dressed in white tie and tails.”

“I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.”

“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

“If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.”

“In case of doubt, attack.”

“It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.”

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ”

“Live for something rather than die for nothing.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

“Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.”

“Never let the enemy pick the battle site.”

“No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.”

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

“Success is how you bounce on the bottom.”

“The leader must be an actor.”

“The soldier is the army.”

“There is only one type of discipline, perfect discipline.”

To see more quotes go HERE.

 

Wish we had him now.

October 18, 2009

WEST CHESTER VICTORY RALLY – 10/17/09

Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 12:36 am

Red as the bloodshed,
Blue as the wounded,
White as the crosses on our soldier’s graves.
Through the rain, through the sun, these colors never run.

from “Colors” by the Oak Ridge Boys. See the video HERE, be ready to get chills.

Our Troops stand for us, often soaking wet, in cold rain, and searing heat – they don’t run, they don’t quit.  In spite of gusty winds and steady rain, a large crowd of patriotic Americans came out to show public support for our brave troops.  “They do it for us, it’s the least we can do for them,” said one of us.  Like a lighthouse, our faces beamed with pride and spirit.

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Tamara held the flag for us.  Her brother Greg is a Marine, serving in Afghanistan.

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Our rallies last one hour (11AM till Noon). At the end we sing the Star Spangled Banner, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and say the Lord’s Prayer.  It’s the best part of the rally and its incredibly uplifting.

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A college senior named Jack was walking by when he heard us singing, he said, “I saw the flags and just had to stop because I’m going to Marine OCS soon and I wanted to say ‘wow thanks’ “.  Jack is local guy. Here he is with a couple other Marines, Tom and William.

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Another hero named Matt came home from Iraq a couple weeks ago.  He’s with the Stryker Brigade (PA National Guard).  Matt was in the Marines for 4 years and then went into the Guard.  He’s served 15 years so far.  Thanks men!

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Here’s a couple pictures of Matt with his mother Mary Lou.  There’s nothing like seeing this kind of reunion.

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Tamara is joined by her mom and dad (Joanne and Ron) and her newlywed husband Charlie.  What a great military family.

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Here she shows off the t-shirt her brother gave her.

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 Below Gunny Sergeant Robinson and his wife.  He is also a Marine Iraq Veteran.  They were very happy to see us and we were honored to thank them for their service.

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After the rally, we went to a local pizza shop to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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Thanks again to everyone who came out and made it happen.

Please God protect our troops as they protect us. Defenders of our freedom.

October 11, 2009

WEST CHESTER VICTORY RALLY – 10/10/09

Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 12:03 pm

Light rainfall didn’t keep patriotic Americans away from our weekly “Salute The Troops” rally.  The sky was gray but we shined bright and got a ton of positive feedback.  The overwhelming majority of drivers gave us thumbs up, smiles, and honks.  As always, the best part of the one-hour rally is at the end, when we join together to proudly sing the National Anthem and say the “Lord’s Prayer” outloud for our troops and our country.

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Thanks to everyone for coming out and showing support for our troops.  We love our country and our flag.  We want our children to grow up in an America that is strong and free and that true peace is attainable via a strong, motivated, and well-prepared military, not appeasement.  We especially thank all the military moms and dads who join us week after week.  Your sons and daughters are our greatest patriots and they are always in our thoughts and prayers. 

Thank You Troops!

Thank You Military Families!

God Bless America!

October 7, 2009

CHESTER COUNTY WWII VETERAN SPEAKS OUT – “STOP TRYING TO CONTROL OUR FREEDOM”

Filed under: Heroes — Rich Davis @ 10:01 am

Harlan Ross, from West Whiteland here in Chester County, wrote a letter to the editor that was published in yesterday’s Daily Local News.  Harlan is 84 years old, born and raised in the USA.  He fought in World War II and stormed the beaches in Normandy.  He’s frustrated with the direction our country is going, “I do not like what I see.”   And he says those who lie beneath the crosses “are looking down on us and they join with me in not liking it either.”

Here’s Harlan’s letter.

STOP TRYING TO CONTROL OUR FREEDOM  (published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009)

An urgency has been building up and has finally taken a primary position in my mind: it is the desperate need to convey my thoughts on the direction in which our country is headed as I write.

Mine is the perspective of an 84-year-old, native-born citizen of the United States. I have seen our great nation through many trials, tribulations, challenges and threats including World War II, in which I served as an enlisted man, one of the fortunate ones to survive the Invasion of Normandy.

To put it bluntly and without equivocation, I do not like what I see. I have a strong feeling that my comrades in arms, the true heroes, who lie beneath the crosses and Stars of David on Omaha Beach are looking down on us and they join with me in not liking it either.

We do not like to see the country we grew up in veering away from the ideals of freedom and individual responsibility which built the greatest nation and society ever seen. We see, instead, the collectivist philosophy of government control being forced upon us in an atmosphere of urgency by the administration we just recently elected.

We see a headlong rush into greater and greater debt in the belief that we can spend our way out of a recession by pouring money down empty holes like the “cash for clunkers” and other ludicrous and irresponsible gimmicks.

More important, however, is that the resulting huge debt will be passed along to our children and grandchildren. I will probably not be around when my two young grandsons realize what we have done. Maybe someone will show them a copy of this letter so that they will know Grandpa at least spoke up and tried to do what he could to fight this mad rush into total government control.

This administration already has its thumb on the banking industry, the auto industry, and others of which I am not aware of at this time. Now, they want to control health care, the energy-producing industry and curtail a worker’s right to a secret ballot when deciding on union membership.

With such overbearing control the resultant picture does not resemble the one I grew up in. It is certainly not the one I would like to pass on to those two young boys. I could not live with myself if I did not put these thoughts on paper and spread them as far and wide as I possibly can. If there are those who take offense at what I’ve written, so be it. At least I’ll be able to sleep at night having revealed who I am and what I stand for.

Our freedoms are being attacked … I look to our senators and representatives to protect them.

HARLAN ROSS
West Whiteland

 

Mr. Ross – Thank you for your sacrifice and devotion to our country.  You’re a hero and your letter speaks volumes.  God bless you and your family.  You are truly one of our greatest patriots.

October 3, 2009

WEST CHESTER VICTORY RALLY – 10/3/09

Filed under: Rallies — Rich Davis @ 8:00 pm

Patriotic Americans came out to “Salute The Troops” on a beautiful Saturday in downtown West Chester, Pa.  As always the best part was the end when we sang the National Anthem and said a prayer for our troops and country.

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Santa Claus gave us a smile on his Harley (actually its our good friend Larry)

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The anti-war (anti-victory) side gave us a smile.

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At the end of each rally we always pass the “Support The Troops” coin from one to another.  Joe Crescenz (his brother Michael was in the Army and is a Medal of Honor Hero from the Vietnam War) passed the coin to Barry.  Barry is a Vietnam Vet, did 2 tours (Army Airborne).  Welcome Home Barry and thanks for your service.

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Thanks to everyone who came out and stood in support of our troops.  They do so much for us, and this is the least we can do for them.  Our troops and their families are always in our thoughts and prayers.

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See you next Saturday at High and Market St. 

God Bless America!

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