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The Orange County, NY Chapter of GoE will initially be "standing" as follows:  Initial location will be in Middletown (Town of Walkill), at the North-West corner of the intersection of Rt 211 and Tower Road (in front of the Super 8 and Perkins).  EVERY Saturday (regardless of weather) the American Flag will be raised at 12:00 Noon and will be lowered at either 1:30 or 2:00 PM.

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Departing GoE Orange County Troop Member:

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On March 17, 2012 the Gathering of Eagles celebrated their 5th Year Anniversary and C4F was there.    This anniversary celebration took place in Middletown, NY at the weekly "Standing" in support of our troops. They stand every Saturday from 12 noon to 2pm rain or shine, location is in Middletown (Town of Walkill), at the North-West corner of the intersection of Rt 211 and Tower Road (in front of the Super 8 and Perkins).

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The founders of the United States of America made many decisions during the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence being known by most people. Now, the founding of the Marine Corps is not known by most people. So, unsurprisingly, most people don't know that today is the Marine Corps birthday. Happy Birthday, Marines!

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Photo from Tea Parties United-TEA'ing Up for 2012 - GoE left to right, Jennie C4F, Al P. , Carlton O'Flanagan founder GoE(Gathering of Eagles) OC Chapter, Kevin K.,  Donna K., Michelle H.  

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The Orange County, NY Chapter of GoE will initially be "standing" as follows:  Initial location will be in Middletown (Town of Walkill), at the North-West corner of the intersection of Rt 211 and Tower Road (in front of the Super 8 and Perkins).  EVERY Saturday (regardless of weather) the American Flag will be raised at 12:00 Noon and will be lowered at either 1:30 or 2:00 PM.

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In the infernal dark night the Obama Regime is hanging on America,  the light switch will be turned back on for all to see on Friday, November 11, 2011-Veterans Day.

“We are openly calling for the American people to draw a final line in the sand and take a moral and righteous stand for the Constitutional Republic, the rule of law and the future of freedom and liberty,”

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All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD's word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it's high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation's history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our "GOD GIVEN" rights and freedoms.

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On Saturday, September 10, 2011, The Orange County Gathering of Eagles (GoE) will be honored to present to Troop Member Diane (& Family) the Memorial Flag, in Honor/memory of her father: “US Army Private First Class, Jay Lewis Ellis” which will be flown over the GoE, on that day. Jay was a member of GoE and a strong supporter. The flag will be presented with ceremony befitting such an occasion.

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Handing Over the Keys to Middletown GoE

Donna Cote, Carlton O'flanagan founder Middletown GoE, Kevin Cote

This Memorial Weekend was celebrated in Middletown, NY by the GoE.  We had the privilege of being present when Donna and Kevin Cote handed Carl O'Flanagan the keys to their van.  This is a wonderful and much needed gift to the GoE.

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Video:  Background of the formation of the GoE

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Departing GoE Orange County Troop Member:

 Michael R. Greene

LTC, Marine Corps (Retired)

 Mike was presented with a “Challenge Coin,” from the Troop, which had been engraved with GOE-NY on it.  The coin reflected his Marine Corps and  VN Era service.

(Diane designed and built the presentation box, which included a short narrative on the beginning of the Marine Corps (Tun Tavern))  Good Job, Diane!!  A farewell card was signed by the Troop members, as well.

We had crockpot chili,  Italian bread and cupcakes.

 Mike will be missed (as both a friend and Troop member) as he has been a mainstay since “Day 1” and has been my backup and “goto “ Troop member, as well!  Mike has also served as the “Site Commander and Leader of the flag ceremonies which we conduct at flag raising and lowering.”

 Along with you folks, present were Diane, Everist, Doug and me.  Bill and Sandy stopped by for a few minutes and we enjoyed their company. 

Later, Joann and her two daughters dropped by as well. 

Again, our special thanks to you and John for your continued support and participation with us.

 Carl O’Flanagan

GoE, OC-NY Coordinator

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Standing with the GOE on New Years Day! 

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Distinguished Service Award presented to GOE

Mike Anagnostakis, legislator 17th legislative district, awards the GOE with Distinguished Service award. Accepting the award were Carl O'flanagan, and Dennis Maloney.

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GOE Mission Statement


Our Mission

1.      Gathering of Eagles is non-partisan. While each member has his or her own political beliefs, our common love and respect for America and her heroes is what brings us together.

2.      We are a non-violent, non-confrontational group. We look to defend, not attack. Our focus is guarding our memorials and their grounds.

3.      We believe that the war memorials are sacred ground; as such, we will not allow them to be desecrated, used as props for political statements, or treated with anything less than the solemn and heartfelt respect they–and the heroes they honor–deserve.

4.      We are wholly and forever committed to our brothers and sisters in uniform. As veterans, we understand their incredible and noble sacrifices, made of their own accord for a nation they love more than life itself. As family members, we stand by them, and as Americans, we thank God for them.

5.      We believe in and would give our lives for the precious freedoms found in our Constitution. We believe that our freedom of speech is one of the greatest things our country espouses, and we absolutely hold that any American citizen has the right to express his or her approval or disapproval with any policy, law, or action of our nation and her government in a peaceful manner as afforded by the laws of our land.

6.      However, we are adamantly opposed to the use of violence, vandalism, physical or verbal assaults on our veterans, and the destruction or desecration of our memorials. By defending and honoring these sacred places, we defend and honor those whose blood gave all of us the right to speak as freely as our minds think.

7.      We vehemently oppose the notion that it is possible to “support the troops but not the war.” We are opposed to those groups who would claim support for the troops yet engage in behavior that is demeaning and abusive to the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform.

8.      We believe in freedom at all costs, including our own lives. We served to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy, and we agree with Thomas Jefferson’s assertion that “From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

9.      We will accept nothing less than total, unqualified victory in the current conflict. Surrender is not an option, nor is defeat.

10.  We stand to challenge any group that seeks the destruction of our nation, its founding precepts of liberty and freedom, or those who have given of themselves to secure those things for another generation. We will be silent no more.

11.  For information regarding the Orange County Chapter Stand:  Contact Carl O’Flanagan, 845.549.2696 (C) 845.566.5028 (H)

Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting to see what they will have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed/prepared lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.

Origins of the Gathering of Eagles

A brief perspective on the origins of the Gathering of Eagles

The Gathering of Eagles formed because of the incidents that happened in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2007. On that day the ‘peace’ protesters held a march to the Capitol. Along the way they defaced the Navy Memorial, spit on an Iraq Veteran amputee, and spray painted their slogans on the Capitol steps. The Washington, DC, and Capitol Police did nothing.

Yes, there were many prior incidents, but this one was the catalyst.

When they announced that their next demonstration (a march on the pentagon) would begin with a rally at the Vietnam War Memorial on March 17, 2007, that was too much for many Vietnam Veterans to bear. The Vietnam Veterans had the most experience with this type of radical activism slandering and defaming them. The overwhelming majority of them had served honorably and well in Vietnam, yet were branded ‘baby killers’ when they came home.

Those men and women were appalled that another generation of American soldiers was being put through the same treatment they received. They were incensed that the police refused to maintain order in January. They were infuriated that their memorial, which honored 58,000 of their brothers and sisters who never made it home, could be defaced. When it was announced that Jane Fonda was going to be present that was the icing on the cake.

In the intervening years from the sixties and seventies a technological revolution had swept the U.S. and the world. Where before such individuals would have stewed by themselves and punched their TVs or yelled at their radios, now they actually had a means of finding and communicating with others who felt the same way. Internet groups and blogs had appeared on the scene which allowed interactive communications. Many of the veterans groups had established such forums and the combination of factors that I cited above lit up the channels like a brushfire on the prairie.

Non-military groups and individuals picked up on the chatter and passed the information along to their readers. Eventually almost every website that supported the troops and that was at all current on events had a reference to the March 17th date.

There was a general consensus that the time had come to act. That the ‘see no evil’ attitude of the police was going to encourage worse acts of violence and desecration than had taken place yet. That we had to sacrifice to protect our memorials and our men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from the lunacy at home.

So we came. In ones and twos, a group here, an individual there. In weather that was atrocious if not life threatening. Braving a blizzard that blanketed the northeast, many drove through the dark night to be there. No one knew how many would arrive, few had posted their intentions on the web, but still they came. When dawn broke in Washington on March 17th, a coating of ice covered the ground as veterans and patriots alike began to gather on the mall. A stiff icy wind blew across the Potomac, but it failed to chill our resolve. Like buds flowering in the spring, flags began to sprout on the grounds of the rally site, all around the Vietnam Memorial and on the grounds of the Lincoln Monument.

It was a moment like none of us had ever witnessed, thousands had come from all across the country to stand guard over our memorials and prevent the excesses of the anarchists.

The ‘peace’ groups rallied directly across from the Lincoln Monument and for several hours we had to listen to their ranting and raving about the ‘evil’ United States, and how ‘peaceful’ the enemy is. The profanity they used and the hatred they exuded for this country was palpable to anyone within a quarter mile. Witnessing them in action was all the validation any of us needed for our determination and sacrifice in getting there.

For most of us it was a ‘Never Again’ moment. A resolve was reached that never again would we allow these people to go unopposed in their attempts to gain political advantage by flagrant acts of violence, desecration and abuse. Never again would we allow such people to do unto our veterans today what they were able to do to our veterans in the past. Never again would one generation of veterans abandon another.

That is why we do what we do.



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