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Skaneateles: Restoring honor

Skaneateles couple visit DC 8-28-rally honoring peace, America and God with Glenn Beck:

Skaneateles' Jack and Karen Haggerty were utterly dismayed at how the Restoring Honor 8-28-Rally in DC was portrayed in the news media. They were admittedly on a bit of a natural high after spending five hours at Glenn Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial in our Nation's capital.

It hadn't been a big deal for them to go, their daughter Breanna was moving into a new apartment in Washington DC, so while they were helping her with the move, they thought they would catch Beck's event over on the Mall, Aug. 28, which is the same date Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech.

"None of us are perfect, but we do the best we can."

Jack Haggerty

The Haggertys are fond of Beck but not fanatical. Meaning, they don't catch all his broadcasts, but they do think he's sincere and supports what he says with facts. Plus, as Christians, they like the fact that he is unabashedly spiritual, believing in God and man's ability to be human, which sometimes means to fail, but also, to pick yourself up and try to do better.

"None of us are perfect, but we do the best we can," said Jack, an air force veteran from the Vietnam War, now a commercial pilot.

Timing

The rally was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so the Haggertys thought they would get there early to try and get to the reflection pool. With an 8:30 a.m. arrival the only space left close to the stage was actually behind the stage, which ultimately gave the Haggertys a unique vantage point of seeing all the guests and even Beck arrive, like being backstage at an outdoor concert. They said they spoke with people who got there at 6 a.m. who said it was packed even then, with people arriving as early as Thursday to wait for the Saturday rally.

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