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Friday Evening, 8/12/2005; Crawford, Texas

excerpts from a report by Nathan Diebenow. August 12, 2005

A group of about 50 pro-Bush demonstrators from the Metroplex armed with various sizes of American flags, as well as banners and posters, arrived directly across from Camp Casey on county right-of-way around 6:30 p.m.

Radio personality Mike Gallagher, who organized the event, led the group in patriotic songs, a prayer, pro-Bush rhetoric, and thankfulness that they could openly express their beliefs in America.

The group, which traveled in a charter bus and several cars, stayed about 30 minutes and departed for Pirate Field in Crawford to see about another rally. There was no suggestion that they were going to camp the night.

The group was comprised of young and old, children to World War II veterans. The only time the group had much contact with the supporters of Cindy Sheehan was when it crossed a line of McLennan County Sheriff's Department vehicles to place American flags beside the crosses that were earlier placed in the ground by supporters of Veterans for Peace.

Lisa Fithian of the United Peace and Justice Organization said,"We're not going to stop it, you know. If they want to bring American flags, they can place American flags.They're honoring those that have died."

Sheehan's group held up a banner that said, "Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home Now," sang a song, but remained quiet and respectful during all the time Gallagher's people were there.

There were Secret Service present with Sheriff's Department deputies. As I am leaving, there are still at least 50 pro-Sheehan people out here. There are bouquets of flowers beside about 50 of the crosses and there's a ton of crosses lining the side of the road for about a quarter of a mile.

You have been reading excerpts from "Pro-Bush Group Arrives At Camp Casey" by Nathan Diebenow of The Lone Star Iconoclast. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/74pa4.

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