Thank you so much for what you are doing! Both my wife and I are active duty Navy, my brother a Marine recently returned from Iraq and my cousins Air Force. We want your support, we need your support. The anti-war movement wants us to come home . . . essentially, they wan’t us to quit. What they fail to understand is that US Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines don’t and won’t “quit”. We fight for what we believe in . . . and we believe in a better world.
Comment by MMCM(SS) Chris Schlegel, USN — May 23, 2008 @ 9:46 pm
I just read about your work in the Wall Street Journal. Keep up the great work. You folks are the true American Heroes!
USAF ’70 – ’73
Comment by Sandy Williamson — May 24, 2008 @ 7:07 am
I saw the article in today’s Wall Street Journal. Great job! If you would like to see more of the greatness of our Warrior Elite, I encourage you and your friends to Google The LOOC Foundation, which has introduced a film “Warriors In Their Own Words” now available.
Was the photo of your group taken by the WSJ staff or someone among you? If it is one taken by your group, can yo please send me a copy to forward to friends in Iraq? In exchange I would like to send your group their photos (all Marines) for your use.
I read the article in the WSJ and just want to say thanks for doing what you do. You’re a great American! I have never understood how these anti-war protesters can possibly say they support the troops while at the same time not supporting what they do. The “blame America first” crowd seems to have forgotten (or chose to ignore) what happened on 9/11. The threat of radical Islam is real. If anyone wants to understand this threat and why it exists then please read the recently released NYT bestselling book “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali gives a first hand account of her life growing up in North Africa in a muslim dominated region. She tells of the abuses inflicted on women and children and her own struggle with trying to understand why if Allah is the “most merciful and compassionate one that he calls for the beating of women and the murder of the unbelievers (infidels).
Anyway – I could go on all day on these subjects but I’ll stop here and just say keep doing what you do. God bless our troops and happy memorial day!
I just read the article in the WSJ and I love what you are doing. You are a true leader and I’m proud that you represent the troops with dignity and respect because they well deserve it. I want to say Thank you to you and your group of proud Americans.
I read the article on the WSJ Online about your group and loved the response about the “vast right wing conspiracy”. I also appreciate your efforts to represent yourselves with dignity and hold your group to a higher standard than the people across the street.
Read about you in the WSJ today. Finally! Those antiwar protesters have been given a free ride, but they are basically cowards and when confronted they will melt into the background. Let’s keep this up. I’ll do what I can. I remember the way the American people hurt the Vietnam Vet BADLY by their antiwar hatred of them and vowed at the time I would do all in my power never to let an American vet not come a hero …ever again. And neither will you. Hooray for your courage to get this movement started. It is going to grow. The silent majority will come aboard. I will keep in touch with your activities. God bless America!
I just read the news article in the early bird about Protesting the AntiWar Protestors. Let me say Thanks. I am an Afghan/Iraq Vet x 3 and currently serving in SE Asia. Keep up the good work and pass the good word about what we are really doing over seas and how we are helping everyone out. Semper Fi!
Hello: I read the article in the Wall Street Journal and wept; you have no idea how so many of us feel when reading such things. Or maybe you do. Do those people know that they are proving themselves our enemies’ friends? My oldest son is a Marine; my youngest will join the army next fall when he turns 18–he wants to be a Ranger. We taught them that they owe a debt to our wonderful country which has given them so much, and for which so many have given so much before we came along. Our daughters pay the same debt by respecting and appreciating our soldiers. God bless you every one for what you do. With all my heart, CHL–Alpine, Texas
Comment by cornelia langridge — May 24, 2008 @ 9:40 pm
I just read the article in the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Edition (May 24-25, 2008). The article mentions that the Chester County Victory Movement hopes for a large turnout on Flag Day (June 14th). I would love to drive down that day and stand in support of our troops and their mission. Could somebody plese tell me where the groups meets and at what time?
Read WSJ article – great. I’m a Vietnam War Veteran (not a Vietnam War era Veteran) Live in a University City with few professors who never served (the old WWII professors are dead or retired – they were/are a class act) – We have our local peaceniks mostly a few college students – high school offspring of college professors or a bunch of 60-year olds trying to relive their anti-war youth. They are pathetic.
Memorial Day should be interesting as is Veterans’ Day. I go out and see who has the flag displayed correctly – Three years ago only the university had it right – Not the Post Office, not City Hall, not the Department of Transporation not even the local American Legion. I wrote them all a letter with the correct method. Only the Amercian Legion did not respond!
If anyone’s doing something in the area, it would show up on one of those.
Starting your own is an option. Email me at email@example.com and I can pass along some information on how it’s been done. Or checkout the websites above and read about the ones they do and how they do it. A lot of counter protests are the result of people reading about others and applying what was read.
“I believe many Americans silently support the mission.”
Yes they do. The other side has been protesting for 40 years. It’s their Mardi Gras, it a social thing now. Our side is new to this and we’re not used to it. Thank God for those who bit their lip and decided to get out there and counter the aging hippies’ last hurrahs.
Thanks for all of the work you are doing. I am not signed up yet, but am planning on it when I graduate college in two years. It is reassuring to know there are those who still support the troops, and are willing to do so in public.
Wow, we are so blown away by all the people who have stopped by to visit our website.
Your thoughtful words of support and encouragement mean so much to all of us.
We’ve been moved and touched and honored that so many comments are coming from our beloved troops and their families.
They are our greatest patriots. Know that we remain on watch for them, and we salute them in our own way, here in West Chester, PA.
We hope to keep growing and influencing others to join us or start their own “victory” rallies.
We hope as many of you as possible will join us on Saturday June 14 for our “Flag Day in West Chester”. The rally goes from 10:45AM – 12:15PM (please bring a flag if you can – we have extra if you don’t) followed by a “Flag Appreciation Party” at the Knights of Columbus Hall just down the street (where we will also salute our troops past and present and pay homage to the Army’s Birthday).
Thanks again for your kind words and we hope we will see you at a rally someday, until then, we should all strive to be “Happy Warriors” as we support our troops any way we can.
I was reading through the earlybird looking for articles to put in a weekly brief to the commanders of my unit. I came across a story that talked about how one man took it upon himself to fight on the home front. It told how one man was tired of seeing the soldiers of this country be disrespected. I just wanted to say that story, and this organization is what keeps me in the army. It’s what keeps me fighting. It reminds me that I cant give up on this country because the I know the people of this country wont give up on me. Thank you for all you have done.
Comment by SPC Bryan A Petro — May 27, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
I saw the article in today’s WSJ. Thank you for taking a stand in support of our country and in support of freedom. No country on earth has ever sacrificed as much blood and treasure to secure the freedom of others as the United States of America has. We should be proud of this. The people who think the United States is always wrong, and that we should all be ashamed to be Americans should not be the only ones getting attention and rallying support. Thank you for your dedication.
This was sent to me by an old Navy Shipmate. We served together 1961-1964 USS Carpenter DD 825
MEMORIAL DAY IS PAST FOR THIS YEAR BUT THE DEBT IS NEVER REPAID.
THIS NEEDS TO BE CIRCULATED AROUND TO ALL THE NATIONS THAT SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN WHICH NATION ALWAYS PAYS THE LARGEST (AND USUALLY DISPROPORTIONATE) PART OF THE BILL, WHETHER IT BE DOLLARS OR LIVES ! OTHER NATIONS, ENGLAND, FRANCE, POLAND, RUSSIA HAVE LOST MANY BUT UNDERSTANDABLY IN THEIR OWN DEFENSE. AT LEAST IS STILL AN ALLY
A Memorial Day to Remember 2008
By Doug Patton
May 26, 2008
This Memorial Day, I will remember the 4,435 Americans who died revolting against the tyranny of King George in the American Revolution.
I will remember the 2,260 Americans who died fighting the British again in the War of 1812.
I will remember the 13,283 Americans who died in the Mexican War.
I will remember the 558,052 Americans, on both sides, who died in our bloodiest war, the war between the Union and the Confederacy.
I will remember the 2,246 Americans who died in the Spanish-American War.
I will remember the 116,708 Americans who died fighting German aggression in World War I.
I will remember the 407,316 Americans who died defeating fascism in Europe and imperialism in the Pacific during World War II.
I will remember the 33,651 Americans who died battling North Korea.
I will remember the 58,168 Americans who died in Vietnam, including my best friend from high school, killed by a sniper in June of 1968, at the tender age of 20.
I will remember the 293 Americans who died driving Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait during the Gulf War.
I will remember the 2,464 Americans who were murdered by our Islamist enemies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
I will remember the 506 Americans who have died so far liberating and securing Afghanistan.
I will remember the 4,081 Americans who have died liberating and securing Iraq.
I will remember the simple words carved in stone at the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC: “Freedom isn’t free.”
I will remember those who have paid the price for that freedom, which I so often take for granted.
I will remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the willingness to act decisively in spite of fear.
I will remember that there have always been far more tyrants than freely elected statesmen, and that brave Americans have had to pay the ultimate price to preserve liberty throughout our nation’s history.
I will remember that the United States of America has always been a fragile experiment defended by ordinary men called upon to do extraordinary things in times of great peril.
This Memorial Day weekend, many Americans will visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. It took our nation far too long to erect and dedicate it, and many who served in that epic struggle are no longer here to see it. In fact, we are now losing the members of that generation, most of whom are now in their eighties, at a rate of more than 1,000 per day.
There was never any adequate way for us to thank them for what they did. They never expected that we should. Like all those who have laid down their lives for freedom in all of America’s wars, they simply did what destiny called them to do. When their war was finished, those who survived returned home to resume their lives and stoically cope with the horrors they had seen.
This Memorial Day, I will remember that even as the free nations of the world could have lost World War II, without the will to be victorious America could still lose the worldwide war on terror.
As always, this year I will commemorate the sacrifice of my grandfather and my father, who served in World Wars I and II, respectively. They are now buried next to their beloved wives in a small cemetery on a hilltop surrounded by rolling farmland in Montgomery County in Southwest Iowa.
I will remember their service, and the noble lives they led after returning home. I will remember that they helped to preserve a legacy of freedom and opportunity for those of us who came after them.
This Memorial Day, I will remember those who sacrificed to protect my God-given rights.
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online, TheConservativeVoice.com and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment by Richard Brooks — May 28, 2008 @ 9:03 pm
This is amazing and emotional. Thank you for sharing it on our site.
Great article in the Wall St.Journal. I too stand out against anti-war protestors every Saturday in Greenfield,MA from 11-12,every Monday in Wilbraham, Mass and twice a month in West Springfield, MA. Unfortunately, many times I stand alone, but you have inspired me to keep up the fight despite the odds. May God bless you and God bless America.
I had received an email yesterday from Gy Sgt. Jenkins letting me know that he was encouraged strongly to take his blog down. Thought I would pass along this information just in case any one was wondering. Have a Great Labor Day.
Is there a group like yours in Montgomery County? If so where? We were out to one of your rallies and it was great, we will be there again, but we live in Montgomery County and was just wondering if there was something similiar in this County.
Comment by Ginny Jeffries — October 25, 2008 @ 11:06 am
I have been reading some of your posts on Obiter Dictum and noticed you were from the area. I live 7 miles down the road from you and have some experience with West Chester. Keep up the great work and hopefully I’ll be able to join you at your next get-together to support the soldiers and the country! Sincerely, Valerie
My fiancee and I met you at the Glenn Beck book signing in exton this evening and would like to tell you how thankful we are that you patriots are out there getting the message seen and heard no matter the opposition at times. I am happy to inform you that we (David Y. and Kelley L.) would love to join you during your next rally and help combat our enemies both foreign and domestic. Unfortunately i could never lay claim to a noble sacrifice such as service due to family responsibilities throughout my life. We are not crazy, we are not exteremists, we are not racists, but we ARE concerned for the safety of lady liberty and all of her noble, respectful and caring children in all of us. Please contact me email@example.com b/c i would like to further discuss some insight into which others such as yourselves and your constituants can understand and sympathize with. I am a hard working American who only wants best for my future and current family and friends. Although i am only 24, i believe that i can contribute as an important individual, just like yourselves.
God Bless America
Comment by Dave Yoder — October 1, 2009 @ 10:38 pm
I attended your rallys last summer and it was great knowing that people care about our troops. As a mother who’s son CWO 3 Joseph Scarpill US Army served 5 tours in Iraq, your support meant alot to me and my family. Thank You!! And I’ll be back again this year.
Hello and Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks for all you do. I am a member of Warrior’s Watch and the West Chester Tea Party and appreciate your work.
I have a blogsite and was wondering if it would be something you would like to list under your “Blog Roll”
See if you think this would be a fit. I am trying to get the word out on various things relative to policy and what needs to be done to save the country.
Blessings to you and yours this holiday season…