The weather was very windy and blustery. The temperature said 47 at the bank, but with the wind, it seemed much colder. Seven people withstood the conditions and attended this weeks Peace Vigil.
A young man walked by and chose to cross Main Street right where we were standing instead bof at the crosswalk at the corner. He waited at the curb, and just when the roadway was clear and he started to walk across the street, he said to one of the protesters, "You're not an American unless you put down that flag." He was speaking to Mrs. Spadoman who always holds the flag with the peace sign in white on a light blue field.
When he got to the business destination across the street, he looked back and said loudly, "They brought down our buildings."
When he returned to public view, I confronted him and calmly said that I am a Veteran. I have seen war first hand and that I thought I fought for the rights of all Americans to have their own opinion. I went on to say that I thought that is what freedom is.
The young man said he wasn't talking to me, but the person with the peace flag.
The whole ordeal made absolutely no sense.
Other than that, the usual horn honking and waving throughout the whole time of the Vigil. It was cold. We all pretty much know that we will probably have to stand on that corner throughout the winter. We wondered if any newly elected, (or selected, which is the case right now), president will actually call an immediate end to the war in Iraq. We all had our doubts that it would end quickly no matter who got elected. We thought that none of the people running for the office that said they would end the war were even being considered by the bought and paid for media. A sad commentary for our system of government and the capitalistic bent for which it seems to stand.
Peace to All