Cynthia Rejoyce Lindsey – Preformed The Star-Spangled Banner “I wanted to be there to show my support for my country, her history, and President Trump.”
The Faces of American Patriotism
By: Amy Thomas – The Sunbury American/ Harrisburg100
Gettysburg National Military Park issued several special use permits for First Amendment activities. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry and the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans merged their two events to the location north of Meade’s Headquarters near 160 Taneytown Road from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There were more than 250 participants with both groups. Ted Feild and John Pickens, both of Pennsylvania, were with the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry along with Ski Bischof, of Allentown, who helped organize the events with a Facebook event called “Support America and Her History.”
Another group, Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans, led by Raymond Rooks, consisted of about 20 people, marched in formation from the North Carolina Memorial to the Virginia Memorial, with small ceremonies along the way, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gettysburg College professor Scott Hancock was issued a permit and staged a counter-protest against the Confederate Flag by himself.
Hancock, who has held similar protests in the past, said he was pleased to see the pro-Confederate Flag groups have less turnout than expected. He said he came by himself and didn’t publicize what he was doing to keep things from getting out of hand.
“The less support that groups that I consider to tell falsehoods about the past and the present, the less support the better,” Hancock said. “My guess was that it would be subdued because this seems to be the pattern. But in today’s political climate there’s always potential.”
Tammy Lee – New York – NY STATE DIRECTOR FOR AMERICAN FREEDOM KEEPERS ‘Well for me being there I have many meanings. Besides the fact that I was there to help and assist in the protection of our history. I was also there to personally walk the history and see all the things that I have been reading about in books. For me I would have to say being a patriotic American is believing in your country and its values. Trying to love all of its people and sharing in a unity that keeps this country the greatest country in the world. Trying to remember that we have freedoms and we have a liberties that most don’t have. But being patriotic also means defending this country against all enemies which can be foreign and domestic. Preserving what made this country and preserving it for the future. We live in a day and age where everything is being attacked our history our liberties our rights and our freedoms and without people that are willing to stand up and risk everything to ensure that we keep those freedoms and liberties to me that is the basis of a true American patriot when you put your country before yourself I do sacrifice whatever needs to be sacrificed to preserve our country. My experience there the other day was very heavy and very overwhelming to be were so many people died so many people sacrifice the ultimate sacrifice so that we can move on and move forward and be free. Like so many other important places in this country they are taken for granted as far as what they represent now and it was just a very deep experience for me”
George Curbelo – State Commander New You Light Foot Militia & National Board Member “We were there because we believe in everyone’s right to protest but the threat of violence and the desecration of grave are not within our rights. Our coordination with law enforcement made it possible for all freedom loving Americans to enjoy honoring this sacred sight.” (New York Light Foot Militia -17 Members Attended Gettysburg)
Rio Hiett – Vocalist/Frontman Madison Rising- Maryland “I am a combat veteran, Retired MSGT, USAF, AMMO and I love the USA. I respect the right to protest and march but I do not respect the tactics of the leftist groups. Destroying property, intimidation, and assault is not acceptable and should not be tolerated. I was there to represent Americas Most Patriotic rock band and my family. I believe we should stand up to these domestic terrorists, and their supporters. I am also willing to meet their level of aggression with a higher level. We, Patriots, must protect our way of life from all those that threaten it. So my feelings are this; protest and I respect it but cross the line, there will be consequences and repercussions.”
Alan Lee Beddingfield “My ancestors lived in South Carolina during the war and they were free people. They fought side by side. I see more racism in the North than I do in the South. I receive more racism from people of my own color. When I listen to Lynard Skynard they give me dirty looks. When I act a certain way the words “you act white” are repeated by those who are look at me with disgust as if I’m betraying my people. I grew up in the hood growing up I’ve seen four people get shot and someone stab right outside my house. When they want to kill each other and then nobody says word. Snitches get stitches. But then when a white cop or another person commits the same crime they want to scream and post it on Facebook. It’s about having what they want. Not about what’s right.”
Helena Rodriguez- Reading, attended with her husband Robert to show her patriotism. Rodriguez said she was born in Cuba but has lived in the United States since 1969. -I am an AMERICAN PATRIOT! I NEVER FELT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING! I IN THE OTHER HAND FELT BLESS & HONOR TO BE PART OF THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD! This my Home Sweet Home, where i found the meaning of FREEDOM & BROTHERHOOD! GOD BLESS THE USA!
Bill Birster- Locust Gap- I am proud beyond words and I love that my son stood by my shoulder side by side and saw first hand what a true solidarity against these domestic terrorists.
Jennifer Flavin –Lehigh Valley- Modern Patriots Pennsylvania Chapter “As an American and a supporter of our military men and women going to Gettysburg meant a lot to us. In no way were we going to allow them to destroy the history and the graves/headstones of our fellow American soldiers Doesn’t even matter what side they were on they were Americans not racist but Americans who fought and died for this country…and we honor them regardless what side cause we Patriots don’t see color, race, political background or religion …we see Americans”
Cynthia Rejoyce Lindsey -Preformed The Star-Spangled Banner “I wanted to be there to show my support for my country, her history, and President Trump. I’ve been to a few outdoor rallies/marches, and each time, it was more (or equal number of) Antifa distrupters than were us patriots and Trump Supporters. I want to continually be part of a show of force and solidarity with my fellow conservatives as we fight this war of ideology and preserving history.”
John Pickens National Sergeant Major of The Sons of Confederate Veterans, spoke of his family history and of his ancestors who fought in the American Civil War in both South Carolina and Gettysburg. “We had heard that the domestic terrorist organization as AntiFa were going to come out to this park and desecrate our ancestor’s graves, we all answered the call. Today is not about violence, it’s about teaching the person something because violence does nothing but create more violence at the same time can walk away learning something I would rather change their mind than change the direction of their teeth.
Ted Field – Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry Permit Holder for Event “This event is too important not to be here. I think the movement today is going to send a clear message to AntiFA that we are not playing around and that if they are going to come to our National Parks and cause problems, we are going to be here to stop them”
Ginny Lee – 3rd Great Grand Niece of General Robert E Lee
What we need to ask ourselves why would Americans take up arms against one another? The left say it was about slavery and that “the South was pissed because the North was going to take away their slaves”. That’s what they want you to believe. Does anybody in their right mind think that 50,000 men converged on one location to fight over slavery? All of us, ancestors of those people who fought and serve as a soldier, know the truth because we have been taught the truth handed down to us generation after generation and it is up to us to stand up and continue to speak the truth particularly when we are faced with such blatant lies. The Civil War was not fought over slavery…The Civil War was caused due to the aggression of the north. and the African slaves that fought with the Confederate Army were for the most part all free men, where as the African slaves fighting for the north were forced to fight for the union army. Because the North won the Civil war or as I like to call it, “The War of Northern Aggression”, history has been misrepresented and re-written to further their agenda and it is all to apparent, specially in today’s world. That agenda was as detrimental to all Americans as our ancestors said it was 154 years ago.
Andrew Shecktor- Berwick- US Senate 2018 Candidate “I stood beside you, I walked with in your marches while rocks and tear gas was being thrown. Tell me, what other politician today has had that has done that? NONE. Now I will stand behind you, before you and beside you in everything you stand for and will do so as long as I am alive and as long as I can. Today we stand on hallowed ground and beneath our very feet lies the blood of Patriotic soldiers of both the North and the South who fought for causes they both believed in and believed were just. We must never let the people who died on this Battleground to have died in vain.”
Pastor George Cook-Pennsylvania “We have here today come to honor the dead and their valiant actions.” He then went on to ask the audience to get on bended knee and place a hand on the ground. “I want you all to be connected, just for a moment, to the blood that was soaked into this very soil 154 years ago. On a day long ago, men wearing both blue and gray came here and here their life-blood was poured out’
Dan Gray – Writer and Speaker. My name is Dan Gray. That doesn’t sound Jewish, but trust me, I am. So, now you may be asking why a Jewish guy went to speak to folks rallying in support of keeping Confederate monuments? I’ll tell you. It’s about America. About History. About Truth. You see, some of my family came to this country just ahead of the terrible wave of violence that swept across Europe in WWII. That swept the hundreds of my relatives who stayed behind into concentration camps, to their deaths. Out of all those, only two survived. We embraced America, not for what ills it had done in the past, (and like any country, there were many). We became Americans because of how the People continually rose above the sorrows in their wake, to constantly make America a better place, closer after every crisis to that Shining City on a Hill that our Founders meant us to be. What happened to my family is far from unique. Besides Jews, Nazis exterminated an even greater percentage of the world Gypsy population. They killed millions upon millions of innocent civilians, everywhere they went. And it wasn’t just Nazis. Soviets may have been less efficient, but they killed even more than the Nazis did. ChiComs were cruder still, but topped the Soviet death toll. In countries all over the world, since WWII, murdering dictators and their minions have dealt death wholesale, whatever their alleged ideology. Some, like Idi Amin, basically HAD no ideology other than raw power, and the effects of tertiary syphilis. ISIS today has yet to reach the numbers of even a Pol Pot, but it’s not for lack of trying. In each case, the victims were different, but the perpetrators were really much the same. There were two things every one of these murdering hordes had in common. How they started, and what they did just prior to their atrocities. They began with violent rhetoric that soon blossomed into violent thuggery, and in each and every case, they sought to destroy history. From Nazi book burning, to Soviet revisionism (so sadly comical in their crude cutting and pasting of textbooks), to ChiComs’ Cultural Revolution, that not only killed millions, but almost destroy the millennia-old culture of China, they sought to erase the past. ISIS destroys Buddhist shrines, treasures of world heritage. The Muslim Brotherhood, during their brief reign in Egypt under the auspices of Obama, even made plans to level the pyramids. I kid you not. The Pyramids, last surviving wonders of the ancient world, blown to dust for worship of Pharaohs and Sun Worshipers who came thousands of years before Islam. Why? What threat did the stories of those long dead present to tyrants? History is not a boring subject we were forced to memorize in school, back when they actually taught it. It is nothing more or less than the stories of people. Those that came before us were much like us, and faced much the same sorts of problems that we do today. How they did what they did, and why, informs us of our very natures, and points the way towards present dangers and possible solutions. The news is simply history that is unfolding before us in the now. We begin to wake to the dangers of false news narratives, but fail to realize the horror of losing our past. George Santayana famously said that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Gettysburg has been the subject of more histories than any other battle. As long as those historical analysis are based on actual facts, there is plenty of room for debate as to the whys of it. We are free to make our own interpretations of what was, and this educates and elucidates us. It tells us who we are. When we watch news, we must demand that same adherence to fact, even though there may be many ways to understand it. Without knowledge we can count on as correct, we cannot be expected to make good decisions for our future; for the future of our children. And that is why those who would rule us must destroy our past. It’s not enough to lie about what is, or even to force us into the gas chambers. As long as our stories remain, there will always be the spark of rebellion, the trace of wisdom. And tyrants cannot sit safely upon their thrones of skulls, knowing that we still know. Today, across the United States of America, we are under dire threat. First they learned to lie to us. Next they started assaulting us. Now they come for our past. For good or ill, those that came before us did what they did. We would be fools to give up the lessons of history without a fight. No matter whether we just arrived, fought on either side in the Civil War, or can trace ancestry back to the very beginning, our history belongs to us all. It even belongs to foreigners who study it intently seeking lessons to help free themselves from tyranny, today. Do not doubt the determination of those who oppose Liberty today. But they should not doubt our own resolve, either, shown today on these hallowed fields by our daring presence. And none who read History should think that this nation of ours is split 50-50, that a new Civil War is inevitable. For despite what certain ‘leaders’ would have us believe, with few exceptions we all have heart. We care for each other. The only difference that matters now, is whether we know the facts of what we’ve gone through to get to this critical time. If we know what was, we can determine for ourselves what will be. And so, while I stand willing and staunch between thugs of any stripe and peaceful people who only want to be heard, I cannot and will not castigate half of America as evil, or stupid. They are merely men and women who have not learned. And if we mean to prevent upheaval, to reform America once again to adhere even closer to her ideal, it falls upon us to listen, to care, and to educate our fellows, so they to may understand.
Toby Germinario – “We came to support our history it may not be perfect but it’s our history nobody has the right to destroy or damage the graves or monuments it’s crime”
Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans and a group called Real 3% Risen have received special use permits for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in a special section north of Meade’s Headquarters.
“We make accommodations for people who want to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Katie Lawhon, a spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park.
Officials also are aware of plans for other rallies that have been announced on social media but have not obtained permits, and there are unconfirmed reports that anarchists plan to burn Confederate flags during the anniversary of the battle.
Lawhon said the park is working with the U.S. Park Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement to keep order during the weekend.
“Our goal is to ensure that public safety and visitor safety is number one and that park resources are preserved,” she said.
Besides the two permitted protests, Civil War reenactors from the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans also received a permit for a “site specific” march starting at 10 a.m. from the North Carolina Memorial to the Veterans Memorial, where they will hold a ceremony, Lawhon said. Another popular private reenactment festival is also scheduled about two miles from the park, she said.
The anniversary of the battle, which raged from July 1 to July 3, 1863, comes at a time when there is a growing movement to remove Confederate symbols from public spaces.
“There just seems to be a focus on that issue, when there has not been in the past,” Lawhon said.
There are no plans to change any of the 1,300 monuments on the park grounds, she said.
In St. Louis, a controversial Confederate monument in a city park is set to be removed and placed in storage until it a permanent location can be found in a Civil War museum, battlefield, or cemetery.
In New Orleans, four confederate statues — of Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, of President Jefferson Davis, and one dedicated to those who opposed Reconstruction — were removed from public viewing.
In Orlando, a statue depicting “Johnny Reb” will be relocated from Lake Eola Park to a section of a local cemetery dedicated to Confederate veterans.