June 16, 2009 was the much anticipated road trip to the March On Albany. We had beautiful weather forecasted for the day and enough people to cover the cost of a charter bus. Two pickup points were chosen, Suburban Plaza in Henrietta, convenient to Westsiders and Eastview Mall that was convenient to Eastsiders. Harkening from North Chili, the Suburban Plaza pickup spot was the one that was closest to me and I got there about 6:35am and collected tickets and took a head count of those who told us they were boarding. We had to depart at 7am and go to Eastview Mall and made it out right on time. We made our pickup at Eastview and were on the road to Albany at around 7:45am.
Thanks to our bus driver, Reggie, we made good time getting to Albany and got there just past 11am. We took a group photo at the base of the steps of the entrance of Empire State Plaza.
What a great group the Rochester Contingent had for Albany! Most participated in that moving Tax Day Rochester Tea Party back on April 15 and a few of us were grizzled veterans of the Commando Rochester Tea Party back on March 11.
We gathered everyone up and along with some folks from Buffalo, we trekked across the Empire State Plaza.
We arrived at the rally point of East Capitol Park at the base of the front steps of the Capitol Building.
When we arrived at the park, we “bus people” were met by those of the Rochester Contingent who drove by car to the March On Albany.
At the beginning of the rally, each State Contingent were allowed a representative to announce ourselves over the (most excellent!) PA system. Erik announced the Rochester Contingent and that our rally point was just behind the horses behind!
The program was started by a 4 year old boy who led us in the Pledge. He did a great job.
Here’s a wide angle shot of the Rochester Contingent:
Then 9 year old, Gloria Senecal, did a recitation of Our Flag.
This lovely young lady, Onye Kline, led us in the National Anthem:
The Rochester Contingent showing our respect for the moment.
This Rochester Contingent veteran showed his respect for the Flag by saluting, a gesture that was approved of this past October 2008. Veterans, regardless if in uniform or civies are now allowed to salute the Colors during their passage and during the National Anthem.
The Master of Ceremonies for the March on Albany was a local radio personality Al Roney from 810 WGY.
There were quite a few speakers. Here are a few of the people who spoke.
Brian Whitehurst spoke on Repealing the 17th Amendment
Here’s Boyd Tuttle, honoring his Dad and all veterans who sacrificed to keep us free.
John Stevens gave a speech on the Liberty Flag
Daniel Smith on Motives of Service
Tom Chandler spoke on civil rights.
Leonard Roberto spoke about Primary Challenge & Project 2010
Stephen Flanagan spoke about Effective Political Action.
Spyder gave a great speech as well, on not being afraid to stand up and take our government back.
There were plenty of young people at the rally.
The Albany media was also present and interviewed Rochester Tea Party veteran, Linda.
Erik was also interviewed.
Three corner hats were in vogue.
Here’s Vivian’s latest creation.
Uncle Sam was there!
And then there was this guy who resembled the Denver Bronco trash can guy!
There was some great live music as well. Again, if you can help me indentifying the last musician picture below, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post in the comments of this blog.
Here’s Chris Cassone performing “Take It Back”.
Bruce Winn performed several times.
Jay Kline also played a few times.
There were some great signs at the March on Albany that epitomized citizens concerns for our great State and Nation.
And my favorite.
When the rally ended at 3pm, those of us who were still there gathered for a group picture on the Capitol steps.
By the time we made our way back across Empire State Plaza to the bus pickup point, Reggie was there waiting for us. We got back to Rochester just past 7pm.
BTW, the wonderful photos that were shown on this blog post of the March on Albany were taken by Ron C. of RC2Photo.com. Many thanks, Ron!
Here’s a video that Ken H produced on our adventure on the March on Albany.
Kudos to the various New York State Tea Party groups, including Erik, who helped organize the March on Albany and especially the Albany Group, who pulled it all together!