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Steps of the Lincoln Memorial,  Saturday, August 28, 2010
August 28, 2010--Conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck led his Restoring Honor rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, declaring "America today is beginning to turn back to God." Forty-seven years ago at the same location, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a Dream" speech.  Beck's rally, which benefitted the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, drew many tens of thousands (crowd estimates ranged from 87,000 to 500,000).  Nearby Rev. Al Sharpton held a considerably smaller "Restore the Dream" march and rally  to honor King's struggle for justice and equality.  Beck's Restoring Honor rally highlighted the themes of faith, hope and charity.  Beck urged Americans to turn "back to the values and the principles that made us great."   "It is up to us," he declared.  In advance of the rally Beck emphasized repeatedly that, "There will be absolutely no politics involved."  Nonetheless, the presence of former Gov. Sarah Palin as the main invited speaker and the many Tea Party activists in the crowd gave the event a political tone.  There was also a strong religious element throughout.  Introducing 240 religious leaders, Beck stated that "the black robe regiment is back again today."  "America is at a crossroads, and this is the point of choice," Beck declared. 
Adam Washburn of Oceanside, California (on the right) said the rally was about "coming together to be Americans..."  and "...bringing us back to where we were 50 to 60 years ago when a kid could walk down the street and be safe."

["The Restoring Honor Rally is neither a 9/12 nor a Tea Party rally. There will be absolutely no politics involved. This rally will honor the troops, unite the American people under the principles of integrity and truth, and make a pledge to restore honor within ourselves and our country."]

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