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Protests at McKinley Memorial

Feb. 22, 2011, I attended the Mahoning Valley McKinley Club dinner that honors President William McKinley’s birthday at the National McKinley Memorial in Niles. The speaker was Karl Rove. On arriving I heard harsh loud noises and discovered a dozen protesters of Rove inside the Memorial courtyard banging on pots, pans and screaming. The dinner began with prayer. We could all hear them walking around outside banging their pans, screaming and shining flashlight beams into the Museum windows, then we panicked at the sounds of loud crashing and yelling inside. One had forcibly entered and two Niles policemen pinned him against the door. I went out and pleaded that this was a peaceful dinner in honor of Pres. McKinley and that an angry mob in his Memorial was disrespectful. One man spit on the Memorial steps after I said conflict and war is caused by the absence of peace and love, and were they being loving and peaceful to those inside? They protested war by creating conflict. How insane.


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