Glenn Beck 8/28 Rally - Restoring Honor Rally

Glenn Beck - 8/28 Rally

The Glenn Beck - 8/28 Rally - Restoring Honor Rally was billed and promoted as a non-political event to address Mr. Beck's premise that many of our country's problems stem directly from our diversion from the principles of faith in God, and personal honor, the twin principles that Glen Beck believes were the guiding beliefs of our founding fathers, and the foundation for the structure of our nation.

He believes that the United States is on the road to decline and that many of our most important political problems stem from the lack of these principles in our elected representatives, and that if we. as Americans, would once more embrace faith and honor in our personal lives first, then we, as citizens, would also demand those principles of our elected representatives and leaders.

Glenn Beck explains his reasoning in the video below.

What Glenn Beck Said the Restoring Honor Rally Would be

Glenn Beck - Restoring Honor In America

Glenn Beck - Restoring Honor In America
Glenn Beck - Restoring Honor In America

Some Restoring Honor Rally Details...

Glenn Beck's 8/28 - Restoring Honor Rally was held on the National Mall, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, (and around the Reflecting Pool), in Washington D.C., on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 - from 10am to 1pm.

Together with the purpose of bringing Americans together to speak of the Judeo-Christian beliefs of our Founding Fathers, and their importance in the health and might of our nation, another purpose of the rally was to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which supports the families and children of the fallen Special Forces warriors of our Armed Services. You can see more details at the Special Operations Warrior Foundation website.

Resoring Honor Rally - A Non-Political Event

Although the Restoring Honor Rally would very definitely have political ramifications, Glenn Beck repeatedly stated that it would be staged as a non-political event. There would be no political message signs, no sloganeering, and most importantly, no political speeches or jabs at politicians of any party.

Mr. Beck was true to his word. The entire rally was about returning to the faith of our forefathers, and the need to live and demonstrate personal honor - traits that formed the foundation for our Constitution and the birth of our nation.

The event agenda focused on Mr. Beck's main points, supported with video compilations and appearances from spiritual leaders, servicemen, and multiple ethnic group representatives.

The video below is a long one - over 12 minutes - but it does show the event's non-political visual staging, a sampling of the types of agenda speakers, and a demographic over-view of the rally attendees.


What the Restoring Honor Rally Really Was.

Restoring Honor Rally Speakers

  • Opening - Boy Scout led U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
  • Opening statement - Glenn Beck
  • Opening Prayer - Pastor Paul Jehle
  • John Carney - Pres. Special Operations Warrior Foundation
  • Debbie Argil-Bastian - Fallen serviceman's mother
  • Sarah Palin - speech
  • Dr. Chief Nigel Bigpond - medal presenter
  • Pastor C.L. Jackson - medal winner
  • Tony Larussa - medal presenter
  • Albert Poujous - medal winner
  • Justice Raol Gonzalas - medal presenter
  • Emma Houston - medal winner proxy
  • Alveda King - speech
  • Singer Angelica Tucker - song
  • Pastor Rick Alfonse (? audio pronunciation unclear) - Bible reading
  • Singer Bernessa Michell - song
  • Un-introduced speaker - scripture reading
  • Dave Reever - servicman - closing prayer

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck

The ending of the 8/28 rally...


Glenn Beck ended the rally's agenda with closing remarks, but that wasn't the end of the day, song and musical entertainment from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial continued to entertain the attendees long after the rally program finished.



8/28 Rally Attendance Photos

8/28 Rally Attendance Photos photo courtesy:restoringhonor.com
8/28 Rally Attendance Photos photo courtesy:restoringhonor.com
8/28 Rally Attendance Photos photo courtesy:restoringhonor.com
8/28 Rally Attendance Photos photo courtesy:restoringhonor.com
8/28 Rally Attendance Photos photo courtesy:Airphotoslive.com
8/28 Rally Attendance Photos photo courtesy:Airphotoslive.com

Restoring Honor Rally - Attendance and Media Estimates

The Restoring Honor 8/28 Rally attendance almost certainly surpassed even Glenn Beck's most optimistic expectations. Most commentators are using 300,000, (a more realistic conservative number), as a safe estimate, but there is quite a bit of controversy around the attendance numbers the "Mainstream Network" news outlets reported. ( as low as "tens of thousands")

The National Park Service estimates that the grounds of the National Mall, around the Reflecting Pool and up to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial have a capacity of approximately 200,000 people.

They also estimate that the adjacent National Mall "field" area has a capacity of 250,000 to 300,000 people.

The photos on the right show both of these areas are filled, with still more attendees over-flowing onto the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Here is another source that discusses Restoring Honor Rally Media Bias with regards to major Network news crowd estimates in the "tens of thousands."

8/28 Rally - Restoring Honor Media Coverage

The media coverage of the 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally could be described as "the usual." No major media outlet, (except C-Span), covered the rally live. Not even Fox news. Although all the major outlets did have reporters there.

*Glenn Beck's rally organizers did have multiple cameras recording the event for later video productions that can be seen all over the Net.

The news media estimates of rally attendance are a fair indication of their perspectives in their reporting.

  • CBS News estimated 87,000
  • NBC News said "tens, perhaps, hundreds of thousands"
  • ABC News - "more than a hundred thousand"
  • NPR News - "tens of thousands"

On the high end:

  • A National Park Service representative compared Beck's crowd to that of Pres. Obama's inauguration, which was touted as 1.8 million
  • Minn. Rep. Michelle Bachmann estimated one million.

Even using the conservative number of 300,000, that's a long way from the major news media coverage that called it "tens of thousands".

Print media coverage:

  • The Washington Post - page 1 story, but the review was dismissive.
  • The New York Times - Page 15! and included a very negative political cartoon of a "scheming Glen Beck", in conjunction with the story.

But What is the Real Story of the Restoring Honor Rally

The Real Story of the Restoring Honor Rally is undeniably political, but in a grassroots way that is so indisputable that it did not have to be evoked! The rally itself did remain non-political through-out, and many participants and news commentators used descriptive phrases like: "it was almost like a church social or picnic" to describe the event atmosphere.

Another quip used to describe the event and its attendees was a description of the Mall area after everyone left. It was noted that unlike other events held there that left mounds of trash, when the Restoring Honor rally crowd left, "you had to hunt around for a piece of trash, they took their trash with them."


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Would love to hear your perspective on the Rally. 11 comments

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I am DB Cooper 6 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

If some media outlets are saying it was 80,000, wouldn't that be the "conservative estimate"? They did hire a private company that does aerial crowd counting and came up with less than 90,000, give or take about 10,000. If you look at aerial photos from the rally and photos from the Obama inauguration, they don't really compare. The people were also not as tightly packed in as they have been at other rallies on the mall, and this is pretty clear from the photos, and the adjacent fields only had some overflow and were not near being filled.


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Appletreedeals 6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA Author

@I am DB Cooper - Thanks for your comment.

Properly speaking you are correct, I have re-written this hub since you commented, and corrected the statement to read " a more realistic conservative estimate."

I also re-focused the hub to just details about the event and am writing a follow-up hub with the opinions and commentary that it originally contained. I am hopeful you will find it when published.

But... regarding the CBS airphotoslive.com aerial estimate of 87,000, I did not find it credible.

Officially accepted Obama inauguration attendance estimates were 1.8 million - when comparing aerial views of both events, would you agree then that the 8/28 rally attendance was less than 5% of the inauguration attendance?

I also believe that their example photo demonstrating their "grid-counting" method was completely misleading. Publicly available aerial and ground photos show crowd densities at the 8/28 rally were much greater than that implied by the company CBS hired.

Even accepting the airphotoslive premise concerning crowd density, if you also accept the National Park Service maximum capacity estimates for the included areas, I believe the 87,000 number is completely unreliable and CBS' acceptance of it is indeed an indicator of media bias.

Of course it is a personal choice to either believe CBS or your own "lying eyes."

GA


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Jim Hunter 6 years ago

Feedback concerning your article? I thought it was a great article well written and concise. Voted up!


Wasthere 6 years ago

Wow! An article that is actually accurate! Thank-you for saying it how it is. I was there and agree with your description. I even took pictures of the overflowing garbage cans and no litter on the grass.


diane 6 years ago

My husband and I were there and we couldn't get anywhere near the reflecting pool. We were way over on the other side of the trees and - we were packed in tight. Someone mentioned that you could see from pictures that the people were not as tightly packed as in previous rallies, etc. Believe me, I would not want to be any more packed than we were, we were closer than strangers usually are, except maybe for rush hour rides in subway cars. There was not 1 foot of space between each person. We decided to leave prior to the ending of the program, because my husband was drenched in sweat,it took us at least 45 minutes to make our way through the throng - and, we were near the back of the crowd. Evidently, some would have those who did not attend believe it was sparsely attended. It was not that at all. In spite of being extremely crowded, the people were very courteous. There was no pushing and shoving, instead, there was "excuse me", "thank you", "have a good day".


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Appletreedeals 6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA Author

@Jim Hunter

Thanks for the read and comment. Not sure if your comment was before or after the re-write, but if it was after - then you might also like this Rally hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/Glenn-Beck-828-Restoring-H...

@wasthere

Thanks for the visit. I wish I could have been there also

@Diane

I'm inclined to go with the 300,000 +/- estimates also. The "tens of thousands" and CBS' "87,000" seem laughable in view of the photos and videos available to everyone. Guess we just can't believe our own "Lying Eyes"

GA


shannon 6 years ago

My family of seven attended Restoring Honor. A better investment of time and money to get across the country from the West was never before spent. We visited the Lincoln Memorial on Friday and could see people setting up even at 10am. My husband and I claimed a space as close to the stage as we could get, under the trees with a perfect view using a double bed sized blanket and 4 camp chairs. We made acquaintance with others from all over the country and helped each other out as shifts were taken and planning was done to make sure there was room for the rest of everyone's groups. There was a certain acceptance that was created by all those who planned ahead and came so early, like a tailgate club. As the day wore on, people stepped on the blanket continuously as it became more and more crowded. Although very courteous and apologetic for choosing the route through "my space", the boundary of the blanket commanded no respect whatsoever. As I tried to sleep, three separate times men stepped across my body! This happened to everyone except the really experienced ones who used rope and even yellow tape to cordon off their space. The evening was wonderful with music, card games, and lots of neighbor making. The din of conversation never waned and most people stayed up all night. It was very pleasant, both in temperature and atmosphere.

At 7:30am the crowd seriously started to pack in. We narrowed up our blanket in an arrangement with our neighbors to create an aisle for folks to get to the reflecting pool. We were under the trees next to the 10' wide sidewalk and those who were trying to connect with friends or relatives out in the sun next to the reflecting pool could not get there. The minute we all made a walkway, it was commandeered by more people looking for any space what so ever. The people next to us started out with a 20 x 20 blue tarp with chairs and string forming a boundary. By the time the event started they had 50 friends in that space! A family left with their two 14 yer old daughters and went to McDonalds. They returned with 4 huge bags of egg McMuffins and sold them to the crowd for 2 bucks. They were continuously complimented for their capitalism a. They sold every single sandwich in about seven minutes. I went to the sidewalk to meet up with my daughter, her husband and three children, 6,3 and 6 months. There was only a single file of traffic moving - one in either direction - everything else was jam packed with people planning to stay put for the program. I made my way to the portables at 9:30 am, stood in a line 60 people long and the toilet paper was already gone. We were told that the toilets were full and would be closed just as we left! This is before the event started! The cell signals were completely unreliable since everyone was calling members of their group trying to describe their location and get together. We felt lucky to find our kids and guide them to our space which by now was 2 chairs wide and 2 chairs deep with the blanket squished up in the middle so the little kids could lay down if they wanted. The message of this event may be forgotten in all the media effort to completely deny the massive attendance. The incredible cohesiveness and single mind of the crowd was undeniable. The crowd was accommodating, polite and people were helping others at every turn. We witnessed the lack of any garbage what so ever - no even one shred of plastic was left anywhere. It was a great day, a great trip to DC and will be an inspiring life long memory for us. Now the hard work begins.


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Appletreedeals 6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA Author

@Shannon = thank you so much for sharing your experience. I wasn't there but your narrative matches the impression I got from the videos. I did watch, beginning to end, the video production provided by Glenn Beck's production crew.

GA


LibertyU 6 years ago

The Sounds of Liberty did a beautiful job singing the National Anthem at the Restoring Honor Rally. Visit their site for info about the Sounds of Liberty and find out where they will be performing next! http://www.liberty.edu/ministryteams/index.cfm?PID...


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

AppleTree I just voted this hub up and just as in mainstream media I have no doubt that many of the smug types are going to try to shoot this hub and Mr. Beck down. When people poke fun at a man who wants to promote our spiritual roots family , unity , and charity as well as personal responsibility, that says all you need to know about the current state of our nation.


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Appletreedeals 6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA Author

@tony0724 - thanks for the vote. Although I believe we have similar thoughts, I believe both sides have contributed to perception that our nation is headed the wrong way. I vote to kick them all out and start fresh.

As Tom Clancy wrote in one of his books - "I don't want politicians, send me your farmers, Barbers, Dentists ..."

GA

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