were scary times in America. We were in the cold war - people had rebelled
against our participation in Viet Nam and were not eagerly joining the
military. There was talk women might even be drafted. Kellie picked up
the paper and saw a picture with a bunch of college kids, with females
in front, angrily marching with signs that said, 'HELL, NO, WE WON'T GO.'
Kellie felt ashamed. It seemed unpatriotic. Washington's birthday was coming up and she decided to have a counter-demonstration that day.
THE DEMONSTRATION HITS THE FRONT PAGES OF THE NEW YORK POST AND THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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HERE IS THE BULK OF THE NEWS WORLD METROPOLITAN FRONT PAGE TO SHOW YOU WHAT GOOD COMPANY KELLIE EVERTS WAS WITH: BOY SCOUTS AND CUB SCOUTS PATRIOTIC PARADE AND THE WORLD FAMOUS STATUE OF THE RAISING OF THE FLAG AT IWO JIMA!
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the News World Metropolitan
wasn't anyone to help. She went out and got all the materials needed for
signs, which included cardboard placards and wooden sticks, staples and
staple gun, and pictures of Washington and Lincoln, little flags, etc.
She typed up literature and had it xeroxed and created all the signs.
She also got special Sousa music for the demonstration. Then she walked
through all the neighborhood putting up hundreds of signs in extremely
cold, windy weather. No one helped. She hoped people would show up.
Then the Press. All the Press were contacted, and the New York Post, one
of the top three papers in New York, came to Kellie's apartment and took
photos (shown herein) and interviewed her.
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THE DEMONSTRATION YIELDS AMAZING PUBLICITY CONSIDERING KELLIE EVERTS HAD ONLY FIVE DAYS TO PREPARE....TWO OF THE NEW YORK NIGHTLY NEWS STATIONS FEATURE THE STORY....BILL BOGGS MIDDAY LIVE SHOW HAS KELLIE ON AS A SUPERPATRIOT.....KELLIE GETS A MERIT CITATION FROM THE MARINES AND A THANK YOU LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CARTER!
There is a connection between President Jimmy Carter and Kellie Everts. He was the President at the time of the demonstration. He is a born-again Christian who let people know he has a REAL relationship with God. When Kellie did the demonstration "Women for equal rights in the defense of ourcountry," he was in office and she received a kind letter from him in response to her action.
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