We, the founders of Veterans for Ron Paul 2012, Natha...n Cox and Adam Kokesh, invite you to join us for a veterans and active duty march for Ron Paul on President's Day, Monday, February 20th. We hope to send the message from now until "Super Tuesday," March 6th, that RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS! We have applied for a proper permit from the Parks Department and DC MPD.
At noon, we will gather at the Washington monument and have a chance for people who have won speaking slots* to speak. at 1400 hours, (2pm) we will form up on 15th St NW facing North towards Constitution Ave NW. Each squad leader will go down their squad to verify proof of service***** for every veteran and active duty person in their squad. Marchers are encouraged to wear something symbolic of their support for Ron Paul, and their service. We will step off towards the White House, turn left on Pennsylvania Ave, and come to a halt at 1600. We will do an about face, and present a hand salute to a folded American flag for as many seconds as troops have died since President Obama took office, then march silently back to the Washington monument and fall out. We are currently working on arrangements and special guests for a reception that evening.
We first thought that if we only had a platoon-sized element, we could pull this off and send a powerful message. It seems now, that we will at least have hundreds marching with us. Can you imagine if we had 1,000 in formation? How many will join us in demanding that Ron Paul be recognized as the choice of the troops?
ATTIRE: Anyone who intends to march in the formation should be of a generally neat and orderly appearance. Think military-approved civilian attire. The organizers of this event reserve the right to ask anyone to modify their appearance, or step out of the formation if their attire is deemed to not be in the spirit of the event. Of course wearing of uniform items is encouraged, so long as it is done in a way that respects the general dignity of the uniform. Tattered uniform items, items with excessive patches unrelated to military service or the event, and clothing articles bearing messages unrelated to the event, may all be grounds for asking someone to step out of the formation or modify their appearance.
ACTIVE DUTY: Active duty troops are invited to participate in full recognition of the regulations regarding political speech. WE ARE NOT encouraging active duty personnel to come in uniform. Each individual needs to use his/ her discretion and weigh the risk of attending this event wearing whatever it is that you decide to wear. Do what your OWN conscious tells you. It is an absurd proposition to say that members of the military supporting candidates in uniform would be construed to represent official positions of the government and rules regarding free speech for members of the military have only been used to silence dissent and keep the true will of the troops from being relevant in the American political discourse. Well, NOT ANY MORE!
NON-MILITARY: Family members are invited to march behind the formation, and members of KIA families are invited to place their hands on the folded flag during the salute. Supporters are encouraged to line the route of the march and be present for the ceremony at the White House. If you are a KIA family member and would like to be involved in the ceremony, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE: If someone would like to create a proper website, we have parked the domain: ronpaulisthechoiceofthetroops.com
TRANSPORTATION & LODGING: For more information about transportation or lodging, please see the map:http://g.co/maps/5h3ax
and contact Tom Cahalan and Jonathan Woodruff at:email@example.com
JESSE THORSEN: For those of you who don't know/ haven't heard about Jesse Thorsen Check out this video:http://youtu.be/bs6-sQ3kuD8
ANNOUNCEMENT: To see Adam Kokesh's original announcement of the event at a bar in Manchester:http://youtu.be/v0LxI7_v9vA
(thanks for getting this over 50K views in two weeks!!!)
*RALLY SPEAKERS: We decided to not invite anyone to speak, but rather to allow those who are most invested in this event to define the message behind the message. To win a speaking slot, you must win the poster contest,** the bit.ly link-back contest,*** or the YouTube video contest.**** Each speaking slot is 4 minutes long and the winner can designate someone to speak on their behalf. While we encourage everyone to enter the poster and video contests to compete for cash prizes, we request that only veterans and those with a direct connection to military service speak at the rally. Of course, as the organizers, we reserve the right to disqualify anyone from anything if we feel they are not contributing to the spirit and central message of this event. Speakers will be announced on February 17th.
**POSTER CONTEST: We need a powerful graphic for this event. If you're ready to step up, please email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Be sure to include the date, time, full title and sub-title, (that's RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS, subtitle: march on the White House.) Please include the original files so that it can be adapted to other graphics. The organizers of this event will determine the winners after consulting with the community in the next couple weeks (by February 7th or so) or as the printing schedule dictates. The winner will get a speaking slot at the rally and $100.
***BIT.LY LINK-BACK CONTEST: A contest for people that can't make videos! Just go to http://bitly.com/
and create a unique link for this event page. Then get people to click on it! (That's the hard part.) Send us the link (email@example.com
) to your link's "Info Page" by midnight on February 16th.
****YOUTUBE VIDEO CONTEST: This is where the money's at and how we're really going to make this idea really take off! Make a video promoting this event that includes: the times (rally at noon, march at 2) the location (Washington Monument to the White House) and the reason! The video must have the link to the Facebook event in the description and be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
to be entered in the contest. We'll do our best to promote all serious entries fairly. The winners will be determined by whichever videos have the most views as of Friday, February 17th. First place prize: $1000, second place prize: $500, five runner-up prizes: $100. The top 18 video-makers will also win a speaking slot at the rally!
See current entries here:http://www.adamvstheman.com/veterans-ma ... st-entries
*****PROOF OF SERVICE: Proof of service will be required to march in the formation. We will accept DD-214 with matching ID, military ID, VA ID, or a photograph which clealy shows (proves) you at your respective duty station - (whether overseas or in the States) IN A CLEARLY ON-DUTY Situation.