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The ‘Woodstock’ of Tea Parties planned for 9/11 anniversary.

By Amanda Terkel  

"The ‘Woodstock’ of Tea Parties planned for 9/11 anniversary."

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Last year, the Tea Party movement gathered in Washington, DC for a widely publicized rally on Sept. 12. Fox News host Glenn Beck, the brains behind the march, implored people to attend by saying that they “may be the only thing that stands between freedom and slavery.” Instead of recreating the patriotic unity that characterized the country following the 9/11 attacks, protesters carried signs reading “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy.” This year, Tea Partiers have decided to just have a rally on Sept. 11:

An event described as the “Woodstock” of tea parties is planned for Sept. 11 at the Monona County Fairgrounds in Onawa in western Iowa.

Craig Halverson of Griswold, who is helping to organize the event, said supporters hope to attract at least 1,000 people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and other states. He said they are inviting prominent conservative speakers and plan to have bands perform patriotic music.

The event will have a “Take back our country” theme, Halverson said.

Halverson added that “organizers don’t plan to spend the day reflecting” on the 9/11 attacks.

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