On Saturday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — there is a march planned in Washington, D.C., that has nothing whatsoever to do with Blessed Patrick.
Instead, as reported by columnist Michelle Malkin: "On that day, well-funded celebrity-studded anti-war groups plan to march to the Pentagon, on a protest route that will take them past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and climax in calls for immediate withdraws of our troops from Iraq, destruction of America’s global military machine, shutdown of the enemy combatant detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay and impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney (plus an end to ‘colonial occupation’ in Palestine, Haiti and everywhere ‘for good measure’)."

The last time this anti-war mob assembled in our nation’s capital:

  • Rocks were thrown at a military recruitment station near DuPont Circle — and at a Fox News van.
  • This mob broke through a Capitol Hill police security line and spray-painted the U.S. Capitol building.
  • The Lone Sailor at the U.S. Navy Memorial was desecrated.
  • Disabled Iraqi war veteran Josh Sparling, as he expressed his support for his fellow troops in Iraq, was spat upon by demonstrators.
Since there were tens of thousands of such detestables versus only 40 who supported Sparling, there has been organized a counter-protest called The Gathering of Eagles.



Comprised of veterans, pro-military organizations and Internet activists, the group’s leaders have issued the following statement:

"We are a non-violent, non-confrontational group. … Our focus is guarding our memorials and their grounds. We believe that freedom of speech is one of the greatest things our country espouses. …

"We will not stand for violence, vandalism, physical or verbal assaults on our veterans, or destruction or desecration of our memorials. …"

Sgt. Artie Muller, founder of Rolling Thunder, the POW/MIA advocacy group, has called upon 80-plus chapters of this organization to turn out. Move America Forward launched a caravan from California on March 8.

Other groups include the Nam Knights and Vietnam Vets Association. Veterans of Iraq will be joining as well.

This has evoked what should be considered the valuable denunciation from the incredible Cindy Sheehan, who, on her "Gold Star Families for Peace" website, called all these veterans: "RIGHTEST (not Rightist, but Rightest) AMERICA HATERS."

I hope that thousands of my fellow veterans of World War II and Korea will join the Gathering of Eagles in protecting our war memorials from the Capitol gathering.


  1. (Thanks Leta)
    Many of us will encounter “Peace Activists” who will try and
    convince us that we must refrain from retaliating against the ones
    who terrorized us all on September 11, 2001.
    These activists may be alone or in a gathering…..most of us
    don’t know how to react to them. When you come upon one of these
    people, or one of their rallies, here are the proper rules of
    1. Listen politely while this person explains their views. Strike
    up a conversation if necessary and look very interested in their
    ideas. They will tell you how revenge is immoral, and that by
    attacking the people who did this to us, we will only bring on
    more violence. They will probably use many arguments, ranging from
    political to religious to humanitarian.
    2. In the middle of their remarks, without any warning, punch them
    in the nose.
    3. When the person gets up off of the ground, they will be very
    angry and they may try to hit you, so be careful.
    4. Very quickly and calmly remind the person that violence only
    brings about more violence and remind them of their stand on this
    matter. Tell them if they are really committed to a nonviolent
    approach to undeserved attacks, they will turn the other cheek and
    negotiate a solution. Tell them they must lead by example if they
    really believe what they are saying.
    5. Most of them will think for a moment and then agree that you are
    6. As soon as they do that, hit them again. Only this time hit
    them much harder. Square in the nose.
    7. Repeat steps 2-5 until the desired results are obtained and the
    idiot realizes how stupid an argument he/she is making.
    8. There is no difference in an individual attacking an
    unsuspecting victim or a group of terrorists attacking a nation of
    people. It is unacceptable and must be dealt with. Perhaps at a
    high cost. We owe our military a huge debt for what they are about
    to do for us and our children. We must support them and our
    leaders at times like these. We have no choice.
    We either strike back, VERY HARD, or we will keep getting hit in
    the nose.
    Take my post and post it where ever you can. If you have a blog, post it there GET THE WORD OUT! We must turn out in numbers against these idiots!

  2. I will be there, standing proudly beside my brothers, protecting my cousin (on the wall) and all others who paid the ultimate price. Trust me, the vandals will not break through our ranks.

  3. I will be there in spirit. Our fallen heroes have given their lives for our country & if the protestors so much as utter a peep or ruin a memorial, it is in very bad taste. May our fallen heroes rest in peace, let’s keep their memory alive for the families & for the good of our country. God Bless Our Troops!


  5. I wish I could be there. I love the Major’s idea of diplomacy. Punch them in the nose and again when the get up. Very funny.

  6. I’ve been passing this Gathering of Eagles website around for a month. I’d love to be there, but reality (finances) tends to intrude.
    Love the “punching in the nose” diplomacy…

  7. You are just tooooo intimidating, Major! None of the moonbats would even look your way let alone get within arms reach. Too bad…
    What are we going to do with the un-spent Bail Fund?

  8. This is America. People have a right to assemble and to free speech. I envision a country someday where people can find commonground and treat each other as they would their mother, their father their brother or sister. I tried to envision the people shouting and taunting me with phrases of commie, gay, traitor, etc as my family, as my neighbor, as my fellow church member, as my co worker, because you are. As citizens of the US, we are your doctors & nurses, your lawyers, your teachers, we are your active duty, we are your veterans, we are your clergy. We also cross over party lines. We are a diverse group of people that have one common goal. To end the killing. Yes there are other issues but none so important as ending this war. You and I may differ on the means and ways, but I do believe if we were one on one we may find we have something in common. Respectfully yours.

  9. I tried to envision the people taunting the wounded soldiers and Marines, calling them killers, spitting at them, laughing at them because they can’t walk as my neighbor, as a lawyer, as a doctor, as a minister and it TURNED my stomach. So much for so called “PEACE ACTIVIST” huh? There is a way to protest if that is what you want to do and you have every right to do so. Look at all the Memorials you marched past, just what exactly do those mean to you as an American Pam? Anyone who in their heart feels it is right to go to such sacred places and disrupt the very meaning they stand for, to be associated with people who plan on desecrating them, to be associated with people who mocked our troops, who yelled FU to them, flipped them off, spit at them, laughed because they can’t walk, who threaten them with harm, who call them killers, well they and you deserve NO respect. You have a problem with the war, protest, that is fine. Write letters to your congress, that is fine. But don’t you dare tread on something so sacred, be associated with such vile people in the name of peace and then expect people to show compassion for your cause.

  10. I can not speak for each and every person you may have come in contact with. I am sure that some of the people I came in contact with that shouted insults hopefully do not fully represent what you stand for. I thankfully did not witness the behavior you described, however I am sure that are elements in the peace movement that do not represent peace but anacharchy. I cannot allow their behavior to dictate mine. I know that I read earlier on this or perhaps another website about a 15 year old who was attending his first anti-war protest that boasted about engaging in and participanting in disruptive behavior. This does not represent what I stand for nor any of the people I was attending the march with. We reminded that should any of the group( which also included veterans as well as active duty)decide to visit the monuments prior to the march to leave all signs , etc so not desecrate the memorials of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I have visited the memorials in the past and will share the history with my grandchildren. My father, my husband , my father-in-law have all served in the military. My father-in-law served in World War II and a great uncle gave the ultimate sacrifice on D-day in Normandy. It is my hope that during your visit to Washington DC that you were able to visit all the monuments and pay homage to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Some of my friends attended church services and vigils at the National Cathedral the night before. We will continue to march and protest the loss of life and what many feel is an ill concieved, poorly planned war excuted by this adminisration. – For the individual that ask what my plan was to stop the terrorist, I can only say that I do not have all the answers. I do not think our administration has all the answers either. There is the part of me that says that usually the truth can be found somewhere in between the extremes. I believe that the American people spoke at the last election and will speak at the next presidential election. I do not believe that this administration whether democrat or republican will do much but represent their interest. I hope I am wrong. However the one thing I feel I must do is hold them accountable and hold their feet to the fire lest they drag them. Again I am sure that we likely disagree but I hope that the next time we meet that it will be under much more pleasant circumstances. Pam

  11. I thank God every day for those that have fought for this country in the past and for those that are fighting now. I thank God for those that just don’t stand for our country, but for those that take a stand for the betterment of the WORLD.

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