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6th Anniversary Report at Walter Reed! - Week 312, April 8, 2011
April 10, 2011 | Kburi

Posted on 04/10/2011 6:15:06 AM PDT by kburi

Tonight, the 6 year anniversary of supporting the wounded warriors at Walter Reed, was a special night. It was the 312th consecutive Friday night that Free Republic members, Protest Warriors, lurkers and visitors have stood at the front gates to counter the anti-war group down the street.
Even though it was a chilly and rainy evening, spirits were high with some familiar faces and some new Freepers joining us.

Mr and Mrs Trooprally coordinated two tents as shelter with plenty of BBQ, pizza, hot drinks and cookies to feed the crowd of 30 plus.

With the corners fully manned by enthusiastic Freepers and visitors, honks and waves from passing cars were continuous. One wounded warrior, Mark, who was wounded in Afghanistan joined us for awhile. He was joined by two friends, Scott and Greg, who had travelled from Minnesota to visit with him.

Four Freepers who had been part of the original group, 6 years ago, and who are still at the front gates received a certificate of recognition from the DC Chapter of Free Republic. They are BufordP, Cindy TrueSupporter, Fraxinus and GunsAreOK.

We had some bad news earlier in the afternoon. Lurker Bill became ill and wasn’t able to join us. We send him prayers and best wishes for a quick recovery. He has been a mainstay with his presence, his banners, music and signs over the years.
The bus came right on time from a downtown restaurant. It was completely full and the troops and their families inside were all waving at us.


Trooprally sent the following comments to be included in tonight’s after action report.

“After a winter without snow or cold rain on our Friday night Support the Troop Rallies, we got it this Friday. BufordP, Cindy_True_Supporter, [Mrs] T and myself arrived around 6 to set up. We just got one tent set up in a cold, damp environment when the rains came.
After 20 minutes of waiting, the 2nd tent was set up and things really started to get organized. Tammy Cat showed up with a third table for the BBQ and other eats. Lurker Jim showed up with some chairs and a bag of flags. Kburi showed up with another cooler of drinks. Coffee was already set up.

All the while patriots were coming in. Before one knew it, we were out on the corners getting honks and waves. Even before we were on the corners, passers-by saw us and the tents and were honking. Even the big Walter Reed ambulance bus gave us a blast as it left Walter Reed.

We also gave some special FReepers Certificates of Appreciation to several FReepers who have survived the test of time.
Recipients were: BufordP since Week 2; Cindy_True_Supporter since May 27,’05, aka Joan of Olney and Lurker Joan; Fraxinus sine July 29,’05; and GunsAreOk for his long time support. Kburi, aka Lurker George, received a Certificate of Appreciation for his prompt AARs and his time of service since Sept. 02,’05. Kburi’s lovely wife,Lurker Ethel, was not present this week but she was there with Kburi their first week.

Two other original Walter Reed FReepers to show up were Jimmy Valentines Brother since Week 2, and Rackatoot from the Aug. 05,’05 FReep. Thank you for coming to the 6 Year Anniversary and for holding down the fort in our early days. I apologize for not being able to recognize them with a Certificate of Appreciation but I didn’t realize you would be here.

Kristinn called from his underground bunker in warmer and dryer parts of the Country.
He wished us the best and expressed his disappointment in not being with us. He said that if he could, he would gladly give up the warm and sunny weather to be here but it was not in the cards. He was also glad that we had a good turnout.

Mark, with friends Greg and Scott. Surrounded by Rackatoot, TammyCat, PatriotSister1, Provi and Kburi









HONOR ROLL for April 8, 2011

Mr. and Mrs Trooprally, CindyTrueSupporter, Fraxinus, BufordP, JimmyValentine’sBrother, Tammycat, Kburi, GunsAreOK, TomTheRedhunter, USNRetired(Chief), Rackatoot, Provi, PatriotSister1 and Lurker Jim.

Visitors were Bryan and Terry, Dan, Jaime and Kathy and about 12 George Washington University Young Republicans.




George Washington University Young Republicans Bring Enthusiasm




Moonbat News

The moonbats had a small gathering of 3. They left right before 9 pm.


FOOTNOTES

The DC Chapter invites you to join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approximately 9:30pm.



If you can't get to D.C. to join us but would like to do something for the wounded, you can find a wealth of ideas by FReepmailing Tom the Redhunter, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal. Directions to our Walter Reed freep location from the Takoma metro station

BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive




April 8, 2011, Photos, (courtesy of Mrs. Trooprally)



JimmyValentine’sBrother and TomTheRedhunter


Trooprally


Visitors Bryan and Terry


Trooprally, PatriotSister1 and USNRetired


GW Young Republicans Hit the Curb





CindyTrueSupporter, GW Young Republican (she interns in a Congressman’s office) and Trooprally



Jim and TammyCat taking a break under the tent

Don and Fraxinus


TammyCat, PatriotSister1, and Visitors




Received Certificates of Recognition for being at Walter Reed since the beginning, 6 years ago

BufordP and CindyTrue Supporter

Fraxinus and GunsAreOK




The Bus Returning From Dinner



TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aar; rally; walterreed

1 posted on 04/10/2011 6:15:08 AM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndhandrose; 2SterlingConservatives; ...

DC PING list


2 posted on 04/10/2011 6:17:01 AM PDT by kburi
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To: kburi

Thank all of you for representing all of us who cannot be there. Regardless of the weather, you show up and make us proud.

It was good to see the GWU kids there!


3 posted on 04/10/2011 6:39:13 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: kburi

Great AAR Kburi. That is why you got the Award for being so great. Thanks for posting the AAR so fast!!

With sincere Appreciation

(Mrs)T


4 posted on 04/10/2011 6:54:41 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi

TAXMAN BRAVO ZULU!


5 posted on 04/10/2011 7:07:16 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: kburi

Bless you folks!


6 posted on 04/10/2011 7:17:57 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: kburi
Modest Kburi and his Certificate of Appreciation for writing the AARs. He has been our lone AAR writer since late July,2010. Thank You Mr] T


7 posted on 04/10/2011 7:20:12 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi; trooprally

I am so glad to see this report...and so fast! Thanks.
It looks like you made the best of the weather and sometimes the rain even quit for your pictures.

It has been a long time, but the years seem to have passed quickly for this part time visitor. Often searching for the reports each week must satisfy my wish to be with you.

Thank you all for keeping the “Light of Free Republic” on the many troops who have known of our best wishes for their recovery.

All of us at FR continue to support you in thanking them for their sacrifice while keeping us safe in our own country.


8 posted on 04/10/2011 7:26:31 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: 3D-JOY

Thank you 3D that is a compliment.
Happy to know you will be around this Friday. Yipeeeeee!

(Mrs)T


9 posted on 04/10/2011 7:35:27 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi

God Bless you DC members! Keep up the great work!


10 posted on 04/10/2011 8:07:49 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: trooprally; kburi

Glad to see you had a good turnout for the celebration. sorry it was so soggy. But it appears that all had a good time. For all the years you have all stood guard, we love you, we appreciate you, we bless you.
Nan


11 posted on 04/10/2011 1:20:16 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: kburi

God bless you all and thanks for what you do.

- Fingers


12 posted on 04/10/2011 2:15:30 PM PDT by CDFingers (Liars and Commies and Czars Oh My!)
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To: kburi; trooprally; cindy-true-supporter; Fraxinus; GunsareOK; BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother

Congratulations to all of you, and a heartfelt thank you for all you guys have done to support our troops over these last six years. Thank God there are Americans like you guys out there.

God bless all of you.


13 posted on 04/10/2011 4:27:59 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: WVNan

Thank you for the kudos and blessing. The blessing worked, sunny and a warm 70 degrees next Friday, at least for now.

Soggy yes, but we have had worst. Just enough that we could suck it up and it didn’t ruin the night.

[Mr] T


14 posted on 04/10/2011 4:34:10 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: CDFingers; rlmorel

You are welcome from the DC Chapter, and see Post 13. I am getting lazy in my old age.

[Mr] T


15 posted on 04/10/2011 4:36:05 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Mr. T, you may be a lot of different things, but I doubt that “lazy” is one that will apply. (Mrs. T just uses that as a rhetorical tool on you when your engine sputters...:)

(only kidding Mrs. T!)


16 posted on 04/10/2011 4:43:56 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: rlmorel

[Mrs] T said she will remember that next time you are in town.

Just kidding!! she also adds.

[Mr] T


17 posted on 04/10/2011 4:52:18 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland PING!


18 posted on 04/10/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: kburi; trooprally; BufordP; All
Congrats and THANK YOU for all of your hard work over the years !!!! It's hard to believe that it's been 6 years, WOW!!!!
19 posted on 04/11/2011 10:53:43 AM PDT by Veeram ("Any fool (Liberal) can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." ---Benjamin Franklin)
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To: trooprally; cindy-true-supporter; Fraxinus; BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother; Tammy Cat; kburi; ..

My sincere thanks to all of you dedicated patriots for all you’ve done and continue to do for our wounded heroes. Thank you for your continued presence which keeps those [expletive deleted] moonbats away from our heroes and their families.


20 posted on 04/12/2011 7:15:36 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ; Veeram; kburi

JoyJoy & Veeram - You are Welcome from the DC Chapter.

You both have been part of the Walter Reed patriots so a Thanks goes out to you also. Being a good distance from WR, your presence is especially welcome when you have made it.

[Mr] T


21 posted on 04/12/2011 8:09:03 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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