Well, don't let the title fool you. The author's vague generalities of those at the anti-war protest do not match the vague generalities of those who were at the pro-war rally. From the AP via the WashPo:
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Sunday, September 25, 2005; 10:36 AM
WASHINGTON -- Military families and others defending the war in Iraq claimed on Sunday their turn to demonstrate on the National Mall, a response to the massive protest against the war a day earlier.
Organizers acknowledged that their rally would be much smaller than the anti-war protest that drew nearly 100,000 according to police estimates. Still, they said their message would not be overshadowed.
"We are preparing for as many as 20,000 people, just to be on the safe side," said Kristinn Taylor, a leader of FreeRepublic.com, one of the sponsors. "People have been fired up over the past month, especially military family members, and they want to be heard."
The pro-military rally was billed as a time to honor the troops fighting "the war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world."
On Saturday, demonstrators opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House in the largest anti-war protest in the nation's capital since the U.S. invasion. The rally stretched through the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall.
In the crowd were young activists, nuns whose anti-war activism dates to Vietnam, parents mourning their children in uniform lost in Iraq, and uncountable families motivated for the first time to protest.
From the stage, speakers attacked President Bush's policies head on, but he was not at the White House to hear it _ he was in Colorado and Texas, monitoring hurricane recovery.
A few hundred people in a counter demonstration in support of Bush's Iraq policy lined the protest route near the FBI building. The two groups, separated by a police line, shouted at each other.
War supporters said the scale of the anti-war march didn't take away from their cause.
"It's the silent majority," said 22-year-old Stephanie Grgurich of Leesburg, Va., who has a brother serving in Iraq.
Unfortunately, the WashPo includes an Anti-War/Military/Administration protest photo instead of a photo of someone from the supporter rally. And I wonder how many articles about the Anti-war protests include info about the supporter rally.
Update: Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom fires accurately at an AP article about the Anti-War rally.