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Philly Woman “Honks For Peace”

By Wyatt Earp | September 1, 2010

Think the end of the Iraq War will keep the protesters away? Think again:

On the last Friday of each month, Celeste Zappala joins like-minded others on a Center City street corner to wave signs that urge drivers to “Honk for Peace” and to show their opposition to the war in Iraq.

“It’s a small event, and it may not have a lot of impact, but in my mind, it’s important to be faithful to things you believe in,” said Zappala, 63, of Mount Airy.

According to U.S. officials, the fewer than 50,000 troops remaining there will focus on training and assume a background role. But for Zappala, the fight is far from over. They’ll be there, she said, until every troop comes home. She does it because it’s what she believes, what she’s always believed, since way back in the 1960s when she joined protests against the Vietnam War. She does it for her son, a National Guardsman who died fighting a war that his mother opposed from the start.

Okay, I want to make two points. First, I am very sorry for her loss. Her son obviously believed in fighting for the freedom of others, even if she does not. Second, and more importantly, Zappala lives mere blocks from the most crime-ridden area of the city. If she really believed in peace, she would be on Germantown Avenue spreading her message. Just sayin’.

Topics: Iraq, War On Terror | 15 Comments »

15 Responses to “Philly Woman “Honks For Peace””

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Yah I remember ‘her kind’ giving me dirty looks on the plane or the bus or on the street coming home on leave. Their not doing it for the soldiers, they hated us as much as the war and to be quite honest I hated their guts also, still do, but hey thats just me.

  2. Jon Brooks Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 8:20 am

    And Jane Fonda still needs to be tried for Treason and Sedition. Sticks tongue out…phhhhhhhhhhhhhttttttttttt!

  3. Robert B. Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I remember too well all the insults thrown at us serving back in the early seventies (USN). We did serve our country to protect everyone’s rights, including to protest. I just think she needs a better location to state her views… like Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  4. Ferrell Gummitt Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 11:26 am

    She sounds like a damn annoyance. Does anyone in Philadelphia ever tell her to STFU?

  5. Watuschskie Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Holy Shit — just imagine some poor twit who is married to that skank. Talk about hell on earth!

  6. Ingineer66 Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Last weekend the Honk for Peace crowd was out on Main Street here in my town. It was the first time I have seen them since Obama got inaugurated. But the university is back in session so they are looking for new recruits. Most of them look like they just got back from a Peter, Paul and Mary reunion concert. My son used to yell friendly greetings to them when we drove by.

  7. bob (either orr) Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    She is Philadelphia’s low-rent equivalent of Cindy Sheehan.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Jon – They do it for themselves and their smug sense of self-satisfaction.

    Robert B. – Or Iran. I hear they are big on women’s rights there.

    Ferrell – Probably more than a few that get stuck in her traffic jam.

    Watuschskie – Probably divorced. Just sayin’.

    Ingineer66 – Friggin’ Baby Boomer Libtards. I’m sure they make their WWII vet parents happy. Pretty soon they’ll be too old run for office or set up a protest.

    Bob – Yeah, but equally annoying.

  9. Lergnom Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    These are probably the same goats that ran Colosimo’s out of business.

  10. harp1034 Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t think that all of our troops will come back next year. I look for the Iraqis to ask us to stay longer. So this idoit might be doing this as long as she is able to.

  11. Sally Anne Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    “Honk for Peace”? Seriously? What moron came up with that? An oxymoron?

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Lergnom – I couldn’t believe when that happened. One of the best gun stores in the area at the time.

    Harp1034 – Agreed. Hell, we’re still in Japan and Germany!

    Sally Anne – Yeah, she uses Oxy pads for her late-term acne. Heh.

  13. AJ Lynch Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Sherman something was her son’s name- he was in the Army Reserves. Ms. Zappala & her daughter have made it into the news especialy the Philly papers many many many times since he was killed died in Iraq. Her loss is unimagineable but come on, it’s time the MSM treated her like any other run of the mill protester.

  14. Bob G. Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Slightly of-topic, but I remember a black preacher that had a milk crate on Germantown Ave. that he spoke from daily…wonder if he’s still there?

    Good post, btw.

  15. Don Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I think she was with a bunch of old women at Gettysburg some time ago also protesting the war.