Skip to comments.GATHERING OF EAGLES at UNC-CHAPEL HILL, 4/28/07 – "Being a Conservative on This Campus Ain't Easy!"
Posted on 05/03/2007 4:05:06 PM PDT by Albion Wilde
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHAPEL HILL, April 28, 2007 Veterans and troop supporters turned out for a troop support rally in the heart of a typically liberal/leftie campus under the Gathering of Eagles banner this past Saturday afternoon. Like most top-tier universities, UNC-CH has its generous share of Marx-spouting faculty spawned in the 60s, their anti-war sentiments misapplied to the current locus of the War on Terror, the insurgency in Iraq.
Many of the veterans who attended this GoE event in Chapel Hill had attended the original Gathering of Eagles in Washington, DC, on March 17 of this year. When several leftist/anarchist groups announced a large anti-war protest to meet at the Vietnam Wall that day, a group of veterans organized within five weeks into the Gathering of Eagles. It was not just that several of the anti-war web sites threatened to deface the Vietnam Wall or other memorials nearby (protesters had spray-painted the very steps of the U.S. Capitol Building in January, unimpeded by Capitol Police, who are under the Congressional purview of Nancy Pelosi); veterans were also galvanized by the need to expose the hard-core Socialist-Communist-Anarchist ideologies of the anti-war protest organizers, rarely mentioned in the mainstream press.
The March 17 GoE attracted some 30,000 veterans and troop supporters from all over the nation to protect their hallowed war memorials in the Nation's Capital, some making the arduous trip in snow and icy weather from as far away as California.
Other attendees at this Chapel Hill GoE had been in Greensboro, NC the previous week to counterprotest Cindy Sheehan, whose exploitation of her son's volunteer service in Iraq keenly rankles veterans.
"The Gathering of Eagles changed my life," said George Sanek, a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer and retired North Carolina police officer, harking back to the vilification and shame unjustly heaped on Vietnam-era troops by 60s anti-war protestors. "It's time for us veterans to be silent no more. The Gathering of Eagles gives me a chance to say things I haven't been able to say for 40 years. Our core message isn't the politics of the war, it's troop support. The GoE wants other veterans to join us. Come nest with the Eagles!"
At the GoE in DC, George was particularly appalled by the anti-war protesters indoctrinating children to hate the United States. "Watch this video!" he urged, pressing a slip of paper into my hand. It is a moving film about our troops, Remember Me, made by a 15-year-old girl who wants to join the Army after graduation.
Speakers and Entertainers
Campus GoE organizer Tony Stevenson emceed the program. A Navy brat, but one with with a beard, two-tone hair and an academic air, Tony is a free-thinking individual who arrived at his support for the troops through his own observations.
Speaker Jenny Stevens, President of Conservative Women's Voice at UNC-Chapel Hill, said, "Being a conservative on this campus ain't easy, but we do it," to loud applause. She alluded to the anti-war protests often subsidized on campus, and described the public service efforts of her organization, such as combating domestic violence, as well as CWV's support for Gathering of Eagles at this rally and in Greensboro the week before.
Major Ted Kaiser, another speaker, zeroed in on the lack of media support during this war, especially in contrast with the press conduct during WWII, the era of the "Greatest Generation." This generation would also be regarded as the greatest, he observed, if the agenda of the press were not so completely focused on touting failures. He spoke of the treatment of Vietnam veterans. "Many have now made it their mission to see that this generation is not vilified," he said, asking God's blessing on the Vietnam veterans present and thanking them for their service.
Another speaker and Marine veteran, R. J. Del Vecchio, asked not to be pictured, the better to continue investigating leftist rallies. He is a former combat photographer and the author of Whitewash/Blackwash: Myths of the Vietnam War, which is in its third printing. This 60-page volume is a text for high school and college students that refutes the negative misinformation campaigns promulgated against the United States military by the American left in concert with the North Vietnamese during that conflict. "Nobody who has been to war is pro-war," he said. "We need to expose the leaders of the anti-war movement. They are not grassroots citizens like the troop supporters; they are radical extremists."
Stuck Mojo's rockin' sounds brought more UNC students out to the Gathering to mingle with veterans. As lead singer/songwriter Rich Ward's web site explains, "The story begins with the signing of the Declaration of Independence... my great grandfather four times removed on my mothers side, was one of the original signers of this historic document. Each generation that followed also found one of my ancestors woven into the fabric of American history. My great grandfather graduated from and taught at West Point as would his son eventually following in his footsteps. My grandfather was appointed as military aide to then Franklin Roosevelt during World War II and was present at the Yalta Conference..." Stuck Mojo, begun in 1989, has toured in the U.S. and U.K. and has completed nine albums. Wikipedia says the band is "highly controversial due to their "somewhat politically incorrect views" such as patriotism, Southern pride and, today, a Christian motto on one of their tee shirts.
Veterans and Supporters from Miles Around
Moonbats Number Barely in the Single Digits
Where there are moonbats and their fawning lackeys in the mainstream media, you are also likely to see counterprotest activists. Just one or two Eagles, FReepers or Protest Warriors is usually all it takes to throw the lefties' smug self-assurance into a tailspin.
This festival was attended by some of the East Coast's most dedicated troop supporters, bringing creativity, ideas and commitment to the task of wresting our nation back from the bleeding left edge. Where Eagles fly, others may soon follow.
The prior week's Gathering of Eagles in Greensboro, NC on April 22 to counterprotest Cindy Sheehan: WakeUpAmerica blog with photos (scroll down).
Click here for free downloadable troop support poster graphics from Tamanders.com
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Fantastic!!! Congratulations to all involved!
Pinging readers to a Gathering of Eagles in North Carolina last weekend - enjoy!
Pinging a few more readers to a Gathering of Eagles in North Carolina last weekend - Hoo-Ah!
Thanks for the ping to a great report, great pictures, and a wonderful group of people! I just have to point out that while the GOEs and other troop supporters are of all ages and are all smiling, the two lonely loser lefties are old and sad. Lefties these days are always old and sad; we have all the happy, enthusiastic, young-and-old supporters on our side! Thanks again for the ping, and God bless all of you for supporting our brave military and their essential mission of protecting our freedoms.
Great report and photos.
Great job on the troop support rally, AW, thanks for the report and pics and to you, Red for the ping.
Permit is denied based upon sec. 18-104(2) because of the existence of a prior application for the same time and place.
I submitted this application on 04/20/2007, and this response is dated 05/01/2007.
I will be returning to New London on Friday to scout new locations.
Oh Albion Wilde, this was a wonderful event and a great report. It really pleases me to know you and see what a great job you are doing.
Your attention to quotes and connection to other events is greatly appreciated.
I hate to tellyou, believe3 me do, but I was down the road a piece in Durham but just couldn’t abandon the family gathering to be with you.
New grandson 260 miles from home trumps a nearby FReep.
who has the permit for that date? Some rats?
Great pictures! Looks like it was great fun!!
Looks like a great support the troops rally! I’m going to try and get live music for May 19th!
Great pics!! Thanks for the ping.
Thanks for the ping. Looks like you put on a first-rate show! Stuck Mojo—gonna have to check them out. Question: was columnist Mike Adams there? I know he’s a prof at UNC, but can’t remember if it’s CH or not...?
What a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
Thanks for the ping, AW. Kudos to all!!
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