The Veteran’s Inaugural Ball has been held since 1953, as a way of honoring the Medal of Honor recipients on Inauguration Day. But on Friday, two Gold Star family members were assaulted by a hostile mob as they attended the event.
Amy Looney and her friend Ryan Manion were accosted as they arrived at the Salute to Heroes ball, held at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel.
“As soon as we started walking they all turned to us and converged on us and got in our faces were screaming really vile obscenities in our faces. The thing we couldn’t believe was the hate in these people’s eyes. They were looking at us with such hatred and they had no idea who we were.” Ryan Manion
After the ball, the ladies were once again accosted by an angry mob, and this time it became physical.
“A man came up he’s wearing a mask and he kind of chest bumped me from the back and I banged into Amy and then a group of women came up and got right in our faces and started screaming obscenities not just in our face but a little boy that was walking by with his grandmother. They crouched down and got right in his face…
I think it’s a defining moment in our country. We are divided, but I think it’s our differences that make our country so great and if we can’t unite in our differences we’re in a really bad place.” Ryan Manion
Ryan says someone actually wrote on her coat as they walked away from them.
Anytime that military families, or any families, can be treated like that by anyone, let alone a nasty mouthed rioter, we are in serious difficulty. The radical left has no boundaries, and are living out their hate.
Amy Looney lost her Navy SEAL husband, Lt Brendan Looney, in Afghanistan in 2010. Ryan Manion lost her US Marine brother, 1st Lt Travis Manion, in Iraq in 2007. The men were best friends, and had been since the Naval Academy. They were buried together, and immortalized in the book “Brothers Forever” by Manion’s father, Marine Colonel Tom Manion, and Tom Sileo.