Skip to comments.Walter Reed FReep #98 - Why don't you go over there and get killed!
Posted on 03/06/2007 7:24:15 AM PST by BufordP
Albion Wilde; A Conservative Realist, Bill from MD*, BufordP, Cindy-True-Supporter, Citizen SMASH, Craig from PA* (OIF Vet), Pfc David* from Malogne House, Jimmy Valentine's Brother (JVB), Just A Nobody, Kristinn, Olney-Keith, PleaDeal, Sensei Ern, Tantor, TFroatz, tgslTakoma, Tom the Redhunter, Trooprally [Mr. & Mrs], VAFlagWaver, Zoomie81 & hubby & kids MiniZoomie and JrZoomie down from NJ.
The warm weather seemed to bring LOTS of folks out of the hospital. We were very honored to have at least a dozen wounded warriors and caregivers stop by and say thanks and let us shower them back with gratitude. Pfc David* hung out nearly all evening with us, which is why I included him in the list.
Another young woman, who I believe is a nurse, came out and posed with JVB and his favorite sign "Straight guys "heart" women in uniform"!
Our Dutch Public Radio guy was back asking about conditions at Building 18. I think he spoke a lot with Justa who knows more of the patients than most of us. We also had a visit from ABC News, though I didn't know it while they were there. One of our friends from inside was interviewed and actually made it onto the 11 O'Clock news!
Bruce finally got his interview, too! ABC and the Dutch coorespondent went down and spent a loooong time with the pinkos -- none of which made it onto the news. AAAwwwwww, poor Bruce! heh.
[Mr] Trooprally's report
AConservativeRealist, aka Lurker Adam, was once again waiting in the parking lot upon our arrival. This time though, it was 51 degrees, not the 25 degrees several weeks ago. He actually looked warm.
Wind was only slightly blowing so it was banner time again. As I was putting up the red banner on the southwest corner, I watched as the MOAB was also being put together. After a long period of wind, rain and snow, it was good to once again see the MOAB up.
A disabled Vietnam Marine Vet was shuffling across the street with a cane just after the red banner was put up. We talked for a while the MOAB was being putting up. After it was up, the Marine read it and was happy to see our support of the troops.
About an hour later he came out of WR carrying a paper bag. He offered us a candy bar and being a little chilly out and being a chocoholic, I eagerly accepted it with a big Thank You. As he was starting to leave, he handed me another one and said to give it to another of our group. Offering it to several FReepers/Lurkers, no one wanted it, so I had a snack on the way home.
We also had many soldiers out tonight. Must be the warm weather. Of course anything is "warm" relative to below freezing weather with a wind chill. One soldier arrived at WR last November. He was excited about getting out to our group to Thank us. When showed the MOAB, he was almost giddy about telling us how he could see it when he was on the 6th floor ward, AND that he could read it from up there.
It was real good to see some CPAC attendees show up. I friend of [Mrs] T's and I, Zoomie81, and her family were there. The kids were having a ball with their Support the Troops dance routine. The FReepers really enjoyed their excitement.
We had just finished putting up the MOAB. I was standing in the parking lot talking with ACR when a southbound moron, while stopped at the red light, yelled out his car window to all of us, "Why don't you go over there and get killed!" Here we are holding signs saying "Support the Troops...", "Bless Our Troops...", "Our Troops Are Heros...", etc. and this idiot shouts derision. Fortunately that was the only drive-by of the evening.
About 15 minutes later 2 lovely ladies in a PT Cruiser also stopped at the light and asked if they could have one of our small American flags. tiggles motioned for them to pull into the side street and we would provide. While they were stopped tiggles and I talked with them for awhile. Found out the woman driving had a cousin currently serving in Iraq. She said they were against the war and wanted their cousin to come home. I said I understood they wished for their cousin to be safe. But he signed up to do a job. A job he wanted to do. They agreed. In past correspondence he pretty much told them that. I said telling a soldier that you don't like him doing what he's doing is much the same as telling a fireman you don't like them putting out fires, telling a cop you don't like them catching criminals. They had never thought of it that way. I said that constant message can wear on a person after awhile. They were very receptive. I hope they left with a new perspective on the war and the job our military men and women are doing on our behalf.
After that I went over to the SW corner to spend the rest of the evening.
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 Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, VAFlagwaver, or PleaDeal.
Come join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.
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Great report BP you did good!! You have to remember we do have some butt heads on the drive byes. It was great to see the Soldiers come out.
I was so glad it was not so cold.
Great post! I look forward to joining you folks soon!!
God bless out troops!
It certainly IS a shame. And it would be a great surprise to our WWII veterans to know that today's public school-educated American children are not being taught any concept of the valor of serving in the military forces.
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God bless all of you. Thank you for the flag.
Great report, as usual, BP.
A bump and endless thanks to our heroes in uniform and our FReeper heroes.
I thought the same thing when I read that. I'll try to remember those words should I ever have a conversation similar.
I am also happy to see the crowd getting larger and the troops coming out.
Keep up the great work.
Thanks also to Plea Deal and [Mrs] T for taking pics. At least their cameras didn't freeze up that night.
The bus came early tonight, just a little past 9. There was a Metro bus and tanker truck immediately in front of it and we were surprised that it was suddenly there. But they received the regular hoots and hollers and support from us.
We've had several people stop by over the almost TWO YEARS at WR. They usually walk away with a different perspective after talking with the FReepers there, especially BufordP and Jimmy Valentines Brother. They also accept/ask for flags which we readily give to them.
Of course there are also those who we argue with but can't even dent their closed minds. Those people usually don't know any one in Iraq or the service and only listen to the drive by media.
The pinkos have been desperate the last several months with their red banner seeking people to come out. There numbers remain constant at below a dozen (usually 7 - 8) where even on the coldest nights, we get 15 plus FReepers/lurkers and college Republicans,
Milestone FREEP 100 is the Friday before the March 17 Rally. If you'll be in D.C. come on by. We'll have plenty of Support the Troop signs for everyone. [Mr] T
THERE IS NO LOGIC ON THE MOONBAT LEFT.
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