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Rally supports the troops

Surrounded by flags, David Hendon of Poulsbo, waves to passing cars during a “support the troops” rally outside the Naval Subase Bangor Main Gate on Wednesday afternoon.  He joined about two dozen people at the event designed to show support for the military and President Bush’s administration. - Photo by Rogerick Anas
Surrounded by flags, David Hendon of Poulsbo, waves to passing cars during a “support the troops” rally outside the Naval Subase Bangor Main Gate on Wednesday afternoon. He joined about two dozen people at the event designed to show support for the military and President Bush’s administration.
— image credit: Photo by Rogerick Anas

Under a canopy of blue sky, several Kitsap County residents waved the red white and blue to show their support for the military Wednesday afternoon.

From 2-5 p.m. about two dozen people gathered near the Subase Bangor main gate with handmade signs and star-spangled banners displayed as cars traveled in and out of the base.

Some drivers honked while others shouted their approval.

William Rieger of Bremerton said he came out to the rally to show his support for the troops.

“We’ve given Iraq ample time to disarm,” he said.

He said he supports President Bush and the military in what they decide to do to get rid of the threat.

“We know from history that appeasement doesn’t work,” Rieger said. He pointed to Hitler and the atrocities that were done to nations and the Jewish people during World War II.

Several people at the rally held signs. Rieger’s read “Send Saddam to Allah.” Another proclaimed “It’s them or us.”

Tamar Gilson, Bremerton resident and Operation Support Our Troops organizer dropped by the rally to drop off some fliers about an upcoming event. She was not affiliated with the rally Wednesday, but did share her views on supporting the military.

“If we want to stop terrorism we have to be united,” she said. Gilson said that means defending the young men and women who defend the country.

“This is about supporting our troops and showing them we appreciate the sacrifice they are making,” she said.

At a recent Operation Support our Troops rally in Bellevue, 800-900 people lined the streets.

“What a wonderful sight to see when you see all the flags out,” Gilson said.

Kingston resident Mick Sheldon organized the rally, the first of which was held last year. Sheldon said he stood outside the main gate for about eight hours last year to show his support.

Sheldon’s brother-in-law was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. That prompted him to hold his first rally.

“It’s important to support the people who put their lives on the line, no matter what your views are,” Sheldon said.

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