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Anti-War Protesters Show Up At Military Recruitment Seminar

By James Zambroski

(LOUISVILLE) -- A recruitment seminar held by West Point officials at a local hotel Tuesday attracted anti-war protesters, and they were greeted by about a dozen military supporters across the street. WAVE 3 Investigator James Zambroski was there.

Officials from the U.S. Military Academy presented a program to potential applicants at the Ramada Inn on Zorn Avenue. A handful of anti-war protesters stood with banners at the entrance of the hotel, saying the potential students weren't being told the truth.

"What they're telling them is based on lies," said Nancy Jakubiak. "These kids do not understand what's really been going on, and I don't want to see these kids dead."

Across the street on a grassy medium, a noisy, competing group of protesters called the anti war group a bunch of socialists.

"We're actually out here because L-Pac, a local socialist organization has deemed fit to protest the war and protest the war against terrorism any chance they can get," said Robert Strickland.

"We believe like President Bush believes that the best way to ensure that terrorism doesn't fester and grow is to insure the societies that people live in are free and democratic," Strickland said.

One family who brought their son for the West Point seminar said they didn't know which group was right.

"If they believe in what they're fighting for, then they're right," said Sam Lingerfelt. "If the people that are fighting for the war, then that's their right and they feel they're right."

The West Point recruitment took a back seat to the people protesting the protesters.

"We've encountered these people before, and there's no point in even talking to them because they're not even discussing things on the same level of knowledge," Jakubiak said. "It's like talking to that tree over there."

Lingerfelt said he sided with the anti-war group, even though his son is thinking about a military career.

"To me, President Bush is way out of line having our troops over there getting killed for somebody else's problem."

Despite the noise and passions displayed by both sides, no one turned back from the hotel entrance and the West Point recruiters.

"I'm not going to let him go in at 17," Lingerfelt said of his son. "When he's an adult, he has to make his own decisions."

Online Reporter: James Zambroski

Online Producer: Michael Dever