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The 8-28 Restoring Honor Rally – A Hugonopsis

August 31, 2010

Upon returning Sunday from the Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial this past weekend, I read a lot of articles by professional media outlets reporting on the event.  I read all the biggies and many of the well-read blogs and watched recaps on the major TV networks.  Some people I know who are on the periphery of these types of things told me they watched the network news, saw clips of the speeches given and still had no idea what the message was.  I understood the confusion based on the coverage I saw following the event.  For those interested in the full context, you can watch C-SPAN’s coverage of the entire three and a half hour program at your own leisure.  For those only partially interested, below is the most brief summary of the Restoring Honor Rally I can offer.  First, I’ll repeat a summary from an earlier post of mine titled “Anti-Americanism” which I think is in-line with the theme of the 8-28 Rally.

The classical American value system is rooted in the belief that great goodness and great societies are born of individuals whom, through their Maker and as the Laws of Nature ascribe, have been gifted certain fundamental rights that are not capable of being alienated by others.

– Hugo in “Anti-Americanism:  What does it look like (in America)?”

Summary of the Restoring Honor Rally

  • We opened the event by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and then followed with an enthusiastic singing of our national anthem.
  • Colonel John Carney, Jr., retired from the U.S. Air Force and current President of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, spoke briefly on his organization’s excellent work providing support and assistance to the U. S. military’s special operations community, which consists of Army Special Forces (Green Berets), the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Navy Small Boat Teams, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers, Air Force rotary and fixed wing squadrons, and Marine Corps special operations personnel.
  • The mother of Captain Derek Argel (Air Force Special Tactics Officer) spoke on the honor her son exhibited from his first understanding of the concept in fifth grade up to the minute of his death as a soldier in Iraq in 2005.
  • Sarah Palin told the abbreviated stories of three surviving heroes of our armed services:  Marcus Luttrell, former Petty Officer First Class and United States Navy SEAL;  James “Eddie” Wright, retired Marine Sergeant;  and Colonel Thomas Henry “Tom” Kirk, Jr., retired Air Force Squadron Commander.
  • Three civilian “Badges of Merit” were awarded as follows.  Pastor Charles Lewis “C.L.” Jackson, pastor of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, was presented the Badge of Merit for Faith by Dr. Negiel Bigpond (leader of the Two Rivers Native American Training Center).  Major League Baseball player Albert Pujols was awarded the Badge of Merit for Hope by St. Louis Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa.  Philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr. was awarded the Badge of Merit for Charity by former Texas Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez.

  • Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke and echoed her late uncle’s dream but in her own very special and memorable way.
  • There was a continuous flow of petitions to God to continue His blessings upon this country and her people.
  • The newly reformed Black-Robed Regiment was introduced on stage.  Two hundred and forty religious leaders of various faiths stood with interlinked arms at the base of the stairs leading up to the Lincoln Memorial.  It was said that these men and women were leaders among thousands of clergy that stood with the rally attendees and that these leaders in faith represent 180 million American people.
  • Glenn Beck announced near the end of the program that those in attendance along with hundreds of thousands of others not present had, over the course of the previous several months, contributed over $5 million to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
  • Vietnam veteran Dave Roever, whose personal story of tragedy and triumph embodied the entire spirit of the day, gave the closing prayer.  In his prayer he made reference to Romans 8:28, coincident to the date of our historical gathering but also on target with the underlying and overt theme of the day:  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Throughout the event, Glenn Beck spoke of the importance of us being individuals of faith, hope, and charity, and “turning our face back to the values and principles” upon which the greatest of our country’s contributions to the human race worldwide were spawned.  There was a strong emphasis throughout the event on two very specific pieces of our founding documents and, might I add, two of the greatest statements of human liberty ever written:  the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Simply, the focus was on the final twenty-four words of the Declaration of Independence and the first three words of the Constitution.

“… with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.


“We the People …”

The Constitution of the United States, September 17, 1787


I had only two expectations for my journey to the nation’s capital for the Restoring Honor Rally:  one positive and one negative.  I did positively expect to be numbered as only one among hundreds of thousands of God-fearing, freedom-loving humans as in love with the American Idea as myself.  And I did not expect to learn any new great truth or experience a new spring of spiritual renewal break through my crusty parts.

Both expectations were fulfilled.

However, the two expectations did not cancel out each other to yield a neutral experience.  In fact, I confirmed that I was on the correct path.  I discovered that my seemingly random ramblings here – from the first publishing of Hugo’s Secrets for Daily Victory nearly a year ago, to the Values, Principles, and Compass on the right sidebar, to my completely appropriate knocking of recent federal activity, to the cartoons and poetry and prose, to the formulation of The Big Plan, to my spring 2010 cerebral sabbatical, to the still-fresh American Trinity in song – are all connected.

As I traveled home Sunday I reflected on the absolute perfection of the official motto of Hugoville:  a place for average competency at the optimum time.  Everyone has a special role to play and I had better start playing mine.

  1. The Castleton Crusader :) AKA Kristi Nastars permalink
    August 31, 2010 7:14 pm

    Hugo….now you are truly my hero…I told my husband…a Vietnam Vet that I so wished we had gotten off our lazy arses and drove to the rally…thank you for sharing your perspective….

  2. The Castleton Crusader :) AKA Kristi Nastars permalink
    August 31, 2010 7:15 pm

    To Freedom, Liberty and may God continue to Bless America inspite of her citizens…

  3. Golfman permalink
    September 4, 2010 9:08 am

    A very good summary, Huggy-baby!

    Stay motivated! We’ll take care of the kids.

  4. jayp permalink
    September 6, 2010 8:09 pm

    Hugo – thanks for representin’ at the rally – you bring perspective more than you know to all of us!!!

  5. ChelRonA permalink
    September 22, 2010 12:16 pm

    Great summary, pics and perspective!!!

    Thank You – You are true “Ridge Run” Patriots!!

    Heard from others, who also persevered for the cause, how amazing it was – a truly beautiful experience.
    Wish we were there too!!


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