The Hippies, after recovering from the earlier march surrounding the Capitol, decided to March around the Pentagon. Little did The Hippies know but a band of patriots was descending upon their rally, ready to shout back slogans just as furiously. And now, the pictures.
Right from the start, I knew The Hippies were in for some trouble
Support Our Troops Rally. Mostly biker groups, vets, military families.
Everyone going to the Vietnam Memorial had to pass through metal detectors, even the old man in the wheelchair. You can't blame the cops for searching a man with a sign advocating superior firepower, though.
The Stand-off, one side with American flags (and Irish, it was St Paddy's Day) versus a side with Impeach The Bush and Osama is MzzUndastood! signs. I could only get to the American side, The Hippie side was blocked off from where I was standing. When Cindy Sheehan (who is really James Cromwell, let's face it) was introduced, the American side began booing very loudly, so much so Our Mother Sheehan had to scream into the mic.
The starting point for the march. Mounted riot police began to get into place, fearing a Hippie stampede (most likely caused by the sight of an SUV).
Getting into place at the Memorial Bridge, awaiting the march of The Hippies. One Hippie sentry who saw the American formation yelled "It's a trap, they've surrounded us on both sides of the pass!" He didn't make it.
And so, it begins.
A group of bikers announced their plans to block the entrance to the Memorial Bridge. "They Shall Not Pass!" they cried.
On second thought...
Here they come! The excitement had my fingers tingling. Or was that the 30 degree weather?
Celebrity Sighting Alert! Cindy "James Cromwell" Sheehan, carrying to poster (above the "US") and Cynthia McKinney to the right (above the "out")
Hippie sneers, enraged at the sight of an American flag.
And now to finish, here are some photos of signs, a puppet, and Hippies in costume: