So far, there seems to be no official tally on how many people composed the massive crowd that gathered on 8/28 at the Lincoln Memorial for Glenn Beck’s rally, but he announced onstage that the area around the Reflection Pool (which he said holds about 200,000) and the area behind the Lincoln Memorial (around 250,000-300,000) were full.
Not before, however, he got in one joke at the mainstream media.
“I have just got the word from the media that there are over 1,000 people here today,” Beck began to applause.
Human Events spoke with attendees who came to attend the event from Florida, New York, and Georgia. Beck has consistently said the rally was non-political, and the audience itself did not seem keen on associating their political beliefs with any particular party.
Robert Pastor from Sarasota, Fla., who came up to the rally with his wife and two children, said he’s an independent, although he did suggest New Jersey governor Chris Christie for a 2012 presidential run.
The non-political event featured national speakers from Sarah Palin to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, and Beck presented awards for individuals’ commitments to faith, hope, and charity. It was also a fundraiser for the Special Operation Warrior Foundation, which helps pay for the education of children of special operations soldiers killed in combat.
Beck explained to the audience his reasoning behind inviting Palin, whose son Track is in the military:
“When I knew we wanted to honor our military, I didn’t want to have a military person, I didn’t want to have a member of Congress or someone running for anything – I wanted to have a dad, or a mom,” Beck said. “And that’s why I picked up the phone, and I called a mom.”
After the rally, Palin stopped on her way to the car to take pictures with those who asked.
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told Human Events the biggest cultural or social issue facing America today was a lack of faith, hope and charity. She said there were currently many leaders like her uncle.
“There are so many – we honored some today,” said King, who also spoke at the rally.
Chuck Norris and Albert Pujols also attended the rally.
(Watch Human Events’ interview with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols at the 8/28 rally.)