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Dec 15, 2007

Gathering of Eagles


In February this year I first noticed references to a “Gathering of Eagles” on the Michelle Malkin site. Apparently in response to protests against the troops and the desecration of memorials some former servicemen had been trying to do something about it without a great deal of success.

Michelle advocated; Here is the answer: Get off the sofa and join the Gathering of Eagles on March 17 in Washington, D.C. 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 withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, destruction of America's "global military machine," ……

One of the earliest posts I can find on the subject is in Veteran-American Voices, under the heading, “A Gathering of Eagles Against a Gathering of Vultures” by “Rurik” and begins: -

At the start of February, we were alerted by a few vets that the hard left, anti-American protesters organized around Cindy Sheehan, Jane Fonda, and their ilk planned to demonstrate in Washington on March 17, 2007, starting at the Vietnam War Memorial and marching on the Pentagon. Word spread via e-mail, and then by website.

Last time those barbarians marched not only did they protest, but they also vandalized the Capitol while the federal Park Police did virtually nothing. This time, they would do it to Our Wall. They will dishonor the memory of Our Fallen Brothers before beginning their trek to betray and dishonor Our Serving Sons.

Forbid it Almighty God!! Even if no vandalism were to occur, to expropriate The Wall as a backdrop for such a protest would be a desecration. An obscenity. It would be like allowing the KKK to hold a national rally at the Lincoln Memorial – that would never be allowed to happen. And the aging hippies and traitors of the 1960s must not be allowed near The Wall memorializing those they betrayed.

As an Australian I have always held a deep sense of shame and revulsion at the way our Vietnam veterans were treated, for them there were no parades to welcome them home as their predecessors from both world wars and Korea, no great public speeches, no accolades, and little recognition.

These men served with honor and distinction, yet were vilified, they won their battles, yet were defeated, not by the North Vietnamese or Viet Cong, but by the treachery of the opposition and the gutlessness of the government who sent them there, and snuck them back at the end of their tours of duty like thieves in the night, as if their service was something to be ashamed of.

Gathering of Eagles, gained the support of most veterans groups, and turned up on the day in huge numbers, some reports indicate up to 30,000, which even if exaggerated as some claim, was a great effort. Anti war moon bats now know they are opposed.

Learning from their own experiences at the end of their war, they have applied that knowledge in ensuring that the new generation of warriors knows that they have the support of their elder brothers in arms.

Here is what William Russell a veteran himself, (Yes that’s the one standing against Murtha) has to say about it (in Part): -

“They come wearing motorcycle leather and business suits. They sport crew cuts and ponytails, some wearing long un-trimmed beards, others clean-shaven. They park their Harley’s, Gold Wings, and three wheelers in rows flying the Stars and Strips and the black POW/MIA flags. Many bear scars and tattoos commemorating their service in Vietnam.

They often come to stand guard over the memorial bearing the names of their comrades who fell during the long years of their generation’s war to prevent the anti-war protesters of today’s struggle from defacing it, again.

Upon meeting veterans of the current war against Radical Islam, many of whom are young enough to be their grandsons, they wrap them in bear hugs and say “Welcome Home, Brother.”

They are now the older brothers of our Brotherhood of Arms. These are the men who so many of my generation looked up to as the heroes who were betrayed. They fought an unpopular and ugly war that did have a purpose in the worldwide struggle against communism, against an enemy who remained faceless in the jungles of a far off land. But that purpose is so often hidden or disregarded in the movies, history books, and writings since.

They bear the unseen scars of coming home from their war only to be welcomed in San Francisco and New York and many college campuses with protests and taunts of “Baby Killer!” and “Murderer.” The anger of having one of the most famous starlets of their generation go to the home of the enemy they were fighting and provide aid and encouragement to that enemy runs deep. The hurt of having one who stood among their ranks for a short period of time, sit before the Congressional Committees and lie about atrocities they did not commit, be rewarded with election to the United States Congress and Senate and a run for the highest office of this land, runs deeper.

But once again, the real heroes of that generation are stepping up and are looking out for their little Brothers and Sisters who are fighting in a far off land. They know this enemy here at home and they are watching the backs of their younger siblings. They are not allowing this anti-war movement to go unanswered. They are stepping up to speak the truth about the self-described “heroes” of their generation, and prevented one from becoming President. They are standing on street corners near Walter Reed, in West Chester, PA and Berkley, CA to counter Code Pink and other anti-war protesters.

They form the core of groups like the Patriot Guard Riders, who ride in processions to welcome home the fallen and protect their families from the most despicable of anti-war protesters who show up at the funerals. The Free Republic “Freepers” stand vigil outside Walter Reed to cheer our Wounded Warriors on Friday nights to let them know the Code Pink protesters across the street do not speak for the people of this nation. The Gathering of Eagles organizes pro-troop counter protests to the anti-war protesters and stand toe to toe with them.

Then there are the motorcycle clubs like the Rolling Thunder and the Nam Knights who stand vigil over the memorials to prevent further defacement and insults to their fallen brothers and sisters. And there are the USO volunteers who greet service men and women returning from overseas at airports across the country to let them know they are appreciated.

Just as my older Brothers in Arms welcomed me and so many of my Brothers and Sisters of my generation home, I want to say to them as individuals and as a group: “Thank you for being home, Brother, and watching over me.”

I hope Australian veterans form such a group; I have a feeling they will be sorely needed.

9 comments:

  1. I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

    Politicians make no difference.

    We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/11/halliburton200711

    Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

    There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

    The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

    So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

    This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

    The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

    For more details see:

    http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com

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  2. Rosecovered Glasses, I am glad to have you over here and I can see some of what you refer to. I am currently writing a post related to this problem, the prospective title being; Johnstown Gets Billions So Why are The People Leaving?

    I can understand the MIC will because of the size of your military being very large, be very large itself.

    What I am increasingly noticing however is that huge earmarks are being made, for projects not requested by the Pentagon, which is political, and probably corrupt.

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  3. "I hope Australian veterans form such a group; I have a feeling they will be sorely needed".

    Jim, I searched for and was unable to find an article about Rolling Thunder XX and Gathering of Eagles II over Memorial Day week-end in Washington DC. I attended this and took a lot of pictures GOE II 5-26-07
    and GOE II 5-27-07. I was very honored to meet a large group of Vietnam Veterans from Australia.

    The Vietnam Veterans from Australia were a great bunch of people. There was a lot of them on the back side of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday when Rolling Thunder was coming across the bridge.

    They had the cahoonas (sp?) to yell out “Any Veterans Here”? Then gave those veterans pins, hugs and shirts (just like they wore). That’s me holding the shirt they gave me, and insisted that I get in their picture with their flags. Our Vietnam Brothers from Australia were treated badly after the war, just like American Vietnam Veterans were.

    These Eagles that flew from the other side of the world to get to Washington DC for GOE II, and then gave us --- the shirt off their back.

    Visit their website www.vvaa.org.au/index.htm the News page plays the music “POSTCARDS FROM SAIGON” by James Blundell…

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    Jim, I like to encourage and help you and your idea of forming such a group in Australia. Today one person can indeed make a difference like never before. The Gathering of Eagles and other like minded groups are making a big differences in America.

    You are indeed Eagles already by your deeds and actions.

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  4. Jim
    Gathering of Eagles in America is not only Veterans, but Patriot non-Veterans as well. We do a lot of counter protesting the anti war left, very successfully. We also go to the Veterans hospitals supporting for our wounded warriors. Eagles send cards and packages to the war zones letting the men and women fighting for freedom know we have their backs at home. Our new Motto is “Never Again”, "Never Again" will our returning war veterans be treated with the dishonor our Vietnam Vets were treated, all Veterans returning from wars will be treated with honor, and We owe them all a great debt. We will not surrender the battlefield while we are winning the war nor when the outcome is in doubt. This are some of what the Motto means to Eagles ““Never Again” Means to me that never again will commanders in the United States stand before his troops and warn them about walking alone or wearing their uniforms down town. “Never Again” Will Veterans returning home be dishonored for standing up for freedom. “Never Again” Will our military be treated as second-class citizens, “Never Again” Will we sit by and watch while the leftist minority defines our young men and women and makes them into something that they are not. Amen Sir, We must never allow one military member to return home to a group of hate filled people who have no pride, no respect & are not worth the mud on their combat boots, for attacks on their service, as a way to justify their own lack of worth to America.
    The GOE must live on forever, we current members must show the way to those who follow, build our knowledge base, learn to find funding ,to carry the fight to those who wish our defeat. this is why each new member is so very important. Please reach out every day to find those who will look inward and find the need to act, now.
    See you on the rally line, as a Vietnam Vet I owe this to my nation, my military and I ask for nothing in return but to know I was a part of "Never Again", the motto that binds each of us together.
    May God forever bless each of you who do your very best to insure there will never be a reason for a vet to face evil for their efforts to insure our freedom. “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

    We lobby politicians to do the right thing by our troops. I could go on and on, Check us out at http://gatheringofeagles.org

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  5. mtngrandpa and sassysuz, I have passed on your comments to the Vietnam Veterans association, to encourage them to do the same, your efforts on behalf of serving members are the right thing to ensure that they will not receive the sort of shoddy treatment meted out to Vietnam Veterans

    I am not a veteran, I grew up in the era and saw several friends conscripted, and come back changed men. The worst part was the feelings they had at the treatment they received at the end of their tours when they were snuck back home at the dead of night, as if they were something to be ashamed of.

    I have always felt a certain amount of shame over this.

    Only veterans have the credibility to start this sort of thing, but if they do I will do everything I can to help.

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  6. Aloha from Hawaii GOE !

    Yep even out here in anti-war liberal saturated la-la land paradise the GOE exists to counter and stand up to the endless whines and defamations of the surrender now crowd .

    We are very proud to display the flag of Australia when we hold our highway side rallies , as noble Australia has been one of our staunchest allies always .

    It's a beautiful flag too !

    Check us out here :

    http://hawaii.gatheringofeagles.org/

    Aloha!
    and Never Again!

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  7. hi jim
    i am a state coordinator for the gathering of eagles, and i would be happy to work with you in any way that is helpful to you.

    many of us are familiar with the political and social trends in aussieland - and i, for one, am concerned about the seeming capitulation to the leftist forces.

    i look forward to hearing about your actions on this issue
    carolyn

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  9. While I note that Sassysuz pointed out that patriot non veterans are part of the organization, I believe that to gain real credibility in the startup it has to be done by veterans.

    For this reason I am currently sending copies of the article and these comments to veterans organizations.

    I thank all of you for the responses, especially as they will be a great encouragement to any veteran who wishes to initiate this.

    I would of course help them in any way I can.

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