When the idea to cover both the Reclaim the Dream and Restoring Honor rallies was proposed, many of us thought we would be covering a standoff between two distinct groups. Several themes developed as the day passed, some more clearly than others. What didn't occur was the confrontation that many expected. Were there small arguments between the groups? Yes. But rather than hearing voices of anger, leaders overwhelming spoke of religion and living more virtuous lives. Both camps frequently referenced God and a call for increased personal morality.
This blog was an experiment, not only to see if we could accomplish real-time coverage, but to put a personal face to both rallies. 828 in DC now stands as an archive of another day in Washington - a day that saw people from various backgrounds, with different reasons for gathering, bridged by a common yet unexpected theme, religion.