Recovering their sons stolen honor from the America Haters
Pro-war kin take down crosses at Sheehan site - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
: "Military families disturbed by a sea of crosses erected by anti-war protesters near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, have removed crosses bearing the names of their fallen children and transferred them to another site to show support for American troops in Iraq.
Anti-war protesters 'never asked for my permission to put up a cross for my son for their cause,' said Gary Qualls, whose son was killed in Iraq. 'They are not respecting our sons and daughters.'
The rival cross camps are evidence of a growing public backlash against the anti-war campaign of California activist Cindy Sheehan, who blames Mr. Bush for son Casey's death in Iraq and has called for immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gregg Garvey's son, Army Sgt. Justin Garvey, 23, was killed in Iraq in July 2003. On Tuesday, Mr. Garvey of Keystone Heights, Fla., removed two crosses bearing the name of his son that were posted at the Sheehan demonstration site -- dubbed 'Camp Casey' -- outside the Bush ranch.
'I also picked up crosses of two colleagues [of his son], after their parents gave me permission to remove their crosses as well,' Mr. Garvey said yesterday.
The crosses were erected by a group called Veterans for Peace as part of Mrs. Sheehan's protest that began Aug. 6.
'One by one, [Mrs. Sheehan's] crosses are coming down,' said Mr. Qualls, whose son, Louis Qualls, 20, was a Marine reservist killed in Fallujah last fall.
Mr. Qualls, an Army veteran from Penwell, Texas, said he has removed three different crosses bearing his son's name from the nearly 600 erected on the narrow road leading to Mr. Bush's ranch. Each time he removed a cross, protesters replaced it, he said.
Last weekend, Mr. Qualls transferred the crosses to a site in downtown Crawford that's been nicknamed 'Fort Qualls.' Mr. Garvey moved his son's crosses thee as well. By yesterday afternoon, friends and relatives of 13 other fallen soldiers had followed suit.
"More are on the way," Mr. Qualls said, based on the number of e-mails, letters and phone calls of support he has received. "