Pro-Troop Group Plans to Buy Cindy Sheehan's 'Camp Casey'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:06 PM EDT

( - Move America Forward, which bills itself as the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization, says it plans to buy the land near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where Cindy Sheehan has waged her anti-war protests.

The group said it plans to build a monument to America's war heroes on the five-acre site. A sketch of the planned monument shows a pillar topped by a cross.

"This land has been used as a staging ground for anti-war activists to denounce and denigrate the heroic service of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces," said Melanie Morgan, chairman of Move America Forward. "It is our intention to turn this around and make this a site that will honor the heroic accomplishments of the men and women who have fought with honor and courage in the war against Islamic terrorism," she said.

Robert Dixon, the group's executive director, said money to purchase the land will come from the donations of Move America Forward's one-million members.

"We've already raised the initial sum to kick-start this effort, and we will be collecting donations to fund both the purchase of this land and to pay for the construction of the Monument to America's Heroes," Dixon said.

Sheehan acquired the 5-acre plot of land in July 2006 for $52,500, using insurance money from the death of her son, Casey Sheehan, who died at age 24 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the time, Sheehan said the land would be used for protests until President Bush's "resignation or impeachment."

But over the Memorial Day weekend, Sheehan announced her own "resignation" as the face of the anti-war movement and said she would sell Camp Casey.

"I will consider any reasonable offer," she wrote on Monday.

However, the Associated Press on Friday quoted Sheehan's sister as saying "It'll be a cold day in hell" before Sheehen sells the property to Move America Forward. "She'll sell it to them for $5 million," Dede Miller was quoted as saying.

See Earlier Story:
Disillusioned Cindy Sheehan Packing Up and Going Home (May 29, 2007)

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