Project 21 at Pro-Troops Rally

There’s a nice photo of Project 21’s Kevin Martin accompanying an article by Tarron Lively in the Washington Times today.

Kevin and fellow P21er Mychal Massie were speakers at a rally sponsored by in support of our troops that took place yesterday on the Mall in Washington.

The article says, in part:

Backers of the war on terrorism rallied on the Mall yesterday for the second annual Support the Troops and Their Mission Weekend in Washington……Kristinn Taylor, co-founder and spokesman for the D.C. chapter of Free Republic, moderated the event, which honored Gold Star and Blue Star families.

“The myth is that we’ve all come together after 9/11, which isn’t entirely true,” he said. “The left [wing] is the left. It will always attack America first, will always blame America first, will always work with our enemies to bring down America.

“So, we made a vow that we would not allow the anti-American left to do to this country and this generation of our military what they did to them during Vietnam, and we’ve kept that vow for five years now,” he said.

Mychal Massie, a member of Project 21, a network of black conservatives, agreed.

U.S. troops “place service to America before service to themselves, realizing that service to America is indeed service to us all,” Mr. Massie said. “They need to know that we support their families, their friends and, most of all, their children. …Tomorrow’s freedom rests on their [children’s] shoulders.”

Richard August of North Kingstown, R.I., whose son, Matthew, was an Army captain killed in Iraq two weeks before his 29th birthday in 2004, said he doesn’t regard his son’s death as a tragedy.

“My son died in the service of his country,” he said. “He and eight other soldiers of his company died during their deployment because, in my son’s words, they were in Iraq trying to help the majority of Iraqi people overcome the brutal effects of a dictator’s rule over 30 years.

“Theirs were not tragic deaths. Theirs were noble deaths,” he said.

Richard Linn of Chesterfield, Va., said his son, Lance Cpl. Karl R. Linn, 20, was killed with three others from his unit in January 2005 in an ambush in Iraq’s Anbar province.

“One thing Karl and I agreed on was, despite whatever reasons we’ve got [for being] over there, that the only thing to do was to finish the job correctly,” he said. “And to that end, I support our efforts, and I support our troops to this day.”

Leo Flood of Fort Hood, Texas, who has a son in the Navy, said…

“We shouldn’t even have to be here… It should be an automatic assumption that we support our troops and their mission in any way, shape, form or fashion.”

Evan Sayet, a comedian and political commentator, said he was a liberal until he witnessed their reaction to September 11, which he said ultimately showed their disloyalty to the country when they railed against the war…

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