Tea Party Fort Lauderdale and AnyStreet.org invited me to Florida to speak yesterday. Johana Von Hohenzollern, Danita Kilcullen and Jack Gillies organized the events. The house was packed, sold out. Joining me were spectacular Americans, my dear delicious friends Joyce Kaufman (who introduced me), Katie O'Malley, Bev Perlson (Band of Mothers) ....and other conservative luminaries, including Javier Manjarres (Shark Tank), Doug Giles, Bamboo Bob, Mike McAllister (who is running for the Florida Senate against Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson), Ginger Eisenrod, Broward county coordinator for AnyStreet, Jean Morris, outreach staff for AnyStreet, Victoria Jackson, and so many wonderful vets ....
I will have more on the event, but I am traveling and in-depth coverage is impossible. But this I must share with Atlas readers, because it belongs to you as much as it does with me.
Before I addressed the crowd, I was shocked and overcome when the United States Marine Corps presented me with the flag flown on September 11th over Camp Leatherneck, "amid the battlefields of Afghanistan during decisive operations against enemy forces in Helmand Province." Can you imagine such an honor? But there's more. When a soldier at Camp Leatherneck heard that I was to be given the flag, he asked that the MP armband (seen here) that he wore before he lost his arm in combat be sent along with the flag. I was presented with both. Overwhelming.
I cannot describe to you my shock, my awe. I hardly know what to say -- these items are sacred. Our freedom is written in the blood of these heroes, but they honor me with these treasures. I do not deserve such precious gifts. But I heard that a prominent Senator had requested this 911 flag, and the heroes at Camp Leatherneck said "No, we are giving it to Pamela Geller." Let me tell you, that was delicious.
I will never forget that day as long as I live. Never.
These men, these men to whom we owe our lives, thank you, may G-d bless you and watch over you.