Wow! What an incredible first day for the Move America Forward "Fight for Victory Tour." We launched the tour just as the news media was reporting that President Bush had timed a special surprise trip to Iraq to thank U.S. troops for their service to this nation. Needless to say this inspired our crowds and the Move America Forward team alike.
The staff at Move America Forward are writing this report at 1:44 AM after a wonderful, and long, first day.
In Carson City we had 150-200 people show up, waving American Flags and singing. Congressman Duncan Hunter of the House Armed Services Committee gave a fabulous speech, as did Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee and Blue Star Mom Deborah Johns. TV cameras reported on the event.... We were the top story on the local news/talk radio station, the local newspaper covered the event. It was fantastic!
We hit lots of traffic crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain range as we left Carson City, Nevada and headed for Sacramento, California. We arrived a bit late, but there were still over 100 proud patriotic Americans on hand. Again, more TV cameras, and the local country music station was there to sponsor the event and broadcast reports.
We next had to get to San Francisco, but with the Bay Bridge closed for repairs we were forced to take a long circuitous route into the most liberal, anti-war bastion in this nation. But nothing could seem to stop our momentum, and the CBS and NBC affiliates were on hand to interview the big crowd in San Francisco. That crowd cheered and waved flags as our caravan arrived, and we felt so proud to be standing with so many wonderful Americans who will not allow the media, nor political activists, to undermine the missions of our troops serving overseas.
By the end of the day we had rallied several hundred Americans before a phalanx of media outlets who were reporting to the general public that there is a resurgence of activity and support from the pro-troop movement.
On Tuesday we start off in Modesto, California with a pro-troop rally at 7:00 AM before heading to Fresno, California for a 10:00 AM rally and then to Los Angeles, California for a 3:15 PM rally, and then we head to San Diego to get situated at our hotel there (and probably greet more people who will gather to greet our arrival there).
We're making outstanding progress - so much so that it has even surpassed our best expectations, and while we are all very tired from the strenuous pace and enormous amount of work that is involved we are nevertheless driven forward by motivation, determination and pride.
Singer Diana Nagy will knock your socks off, you HAVE to come to one of our stops to see her perform. She has touched our hearts and souls! Melanie Morgan and Lt. Colonel Buzz Patterson of Move America Forward kicked off each event with such dynamic power and enthusiasm that it set the tone for our positive, uplifting, patriotic effort. We just cannot come up with enough adjectives to convey to you how extraordinarily exciting this first day has been!
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We'll report more soon!
- Sal, Joe, Danny and Ryan from the "Fight for Victory Tour" caravan - currently in Modesto, California.
P.S. A special note of thanks to all the great people at FreeRepublic.com who have been helping us with this effort!