Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Iraq Veterans Against the War - Winter Soldier March

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
--Thomas Paine

Winter Soldiers march to Valley Forge

Dozens of members of IVAW participated in a 25-mile march in Philadelphia from March 1-2, starting at the Constitution Center and ending at Valley Forge. In spirit, Valley Forge is the first Winter Soldier event. "230 years ago, a group of soldiers gathered at Valley Forge to stand up against oppression on behalf of their people. And we aim to do the same here today," said Steve Mortillo, president of the Philadelphia chapter of IVAW and former Calvary Scout in Iraq.
Read the Philadelphia Daily News' coverage of the Valley Forge March

This march is leading up to the main event to be held from March 13-16th, U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan will testify to what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground in these occupations. To provide a preview, we've created this short film. The film features three members who will be testifying at Winter Soldier and includes videos and photographs of Iraq from their deployments. This video contains graphic content. We need your support to help make Winter Soldier a success.
Find out more about Winter Soldier.

I have met both IVAW and VVAW members. They have a very compelling story to tell and they deserve to be heard. They all have served their country and at least deserve your attention. Or are you going to dish out the same disrespect that was shamefully done to our boys returning from Vietnam? I am certain that they are upholding their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. More so now than when they were in country. Sunshine Patriots they are not!

Desert Storm Veteran, Sgt, USAF

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