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Families of fallen soldiers make surprise trip to Iraq!

By Judi McLeod

Saturday, November 4, 2006


(Editor's note: It is with great pride that Canada Free Press & America's News Source are the first media outlets to carry this exclusive from Move America Forward).

Iraq- It was a figurative blaze of yellow ribbons when families of fallen U.S. troops made a precedent-setting trip to Iraq in a stunning show of appreciation for the courageous men and women whose volunteer service keeps the free world a place where liberty is cherished.

Under the cover of absolute secrecy, and against all odds, the parents of troops who died in Iraq made it to the war-torn country without a single media outlet discovering the year-long trip plans.

Gold Star Families in Iraq, Move America Forward The surprise trip couldn't have happened at a more meaningful time—right on the heels of the inflammatory statements and stinging insults of Senator John Kerry, who incredibly suggested U.S. troops serving in Iraq lack intelligence and are "stuck” there because of their limited abilities. It also comes amid new reports from the New York Times that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear weapons program under development. Some have suggested that Hussein could have been one to two years away from developing a usable nuclear weapon.

The Gold Star Families to Iraq trip was organized by America's largest grassroots pro-troop organization, Move America Forward (www.MoveAmericaForward.org). Updated trip accounts, photographs, audio/video files will be continuously uploaded to the Move America Forward website.

The trip is being paid for by the contributions of thousands of ordinary Americans, who gave money to Move America Forward to make a dream come true.

"The American people are shown a skewed picture of the situation in Iraq day after day by the international news media. We felt it was time to allow the families of U.S. troops who died in Iraq to come see the progress being made in Iraq and report it back to the American people,” said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.

"Now we learn that our troops helped stop Saddam Hussein's development of a nuclear weapon's arsenal that would have been the envy of every terrorist group in the world,” Morgan said.

Momentously and close to the heart, the trip will also allow these parents to see the newly liberated Iraq that their children gave their lives for.

The truth suppressed in Iraq is beautiful: A new Iraq is rising up from the ashes of what was once a state-sponsor of terrorism under dictator Saddam Hussein.

Most provinces in Iraq are without the violence that is shown each day by international media outlets, but for reasons unknown only the most negative developments from Iraq are reported on a regular basis.

The family members will meet with U.S. troops currently stationed in Iraq, and will offer their support. They hope to meet with both the Iraqi people as well as government leaders.

The families of fallen soldiers will report to the American people about the progress in Iraq not being reported by mainstream media.

Smiles, hugs and words of encouragement will be wholeheartedly given to the troops, criticized by a liberal-left media.

Families of fallen soldiers are holding Senator John Kerry accountable for his insulting remarks.

"I am spitting mad at John Kerry for insulting our troops. Duck and run was his specialty in Viet Nam,” said Gold Star Mother Debra Argel.

Joe and Jan Johnson, whose son Justin died in Sadr City, expressed their anger with Kerry: "These were grown adults we are talking about, not kids who didn't know what they were doing. Contrary to Kerry's belief, they made an "educated” decision to join the military, most of them after 9/11, so they knew the possibilities of going to war were pretty good and they chose to serve anyway.”

And who could ignore the words of John Holley, who said: "I want to see for myself what America has been able to accomplish to help the Iraqis held themselves. I will be asking the Iraqis what message do they want me to give for them to the people back in America. Finally, I came because I wanted to experience the same feelings that my son experienced when he was preparing to go to Iraq, sort of walking in his shoes.”

No fallen soldier will ever be forgotten. Their sacrifice and courage will be an inspiration to people everywhere forever.

God Bless our troops in harm's way everywhere. Thank God for the dedication of Move America Forward.


(Attached are brief biographies on each of the individuals traveling in the Gold Star Families to Iraq delegation).

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]

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