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3 Percenters Protect Center

Mike Dill, Matt Dillard and Josh Burns keep watch Tuesday outside the Armed Forces Career Center at Nez Perce Plaza in Lewiston. The members of the Three Percenters Club Idaho are part of a statewide effort to protect the military men and women recruiters in response to a shooting last week in Tennessee. (Kyle Mills / Lewiston Tribune)
Mike Dill, Matt Dillard and Josh Burns keep watch Tuesday outside the Armed Forces Career Center at Nez Perce Plaza in Lewiston. The members of the Three Percenters Club Idaho are part of a statewide effort to protect the military men and women recruiters in response to a shooting last week in Tennessee. (Kyle Mills / Lewiston Tribune)

The three armed men stood in the shade of a small dogwood tree next to the armed forces recruiting offices in Lewiston's Nez Perce Plaza, surrounded by flags. Old Glory ruffled in a breeze that drifted across the parking lot and bumped up against the U.S. Marine Corps standard flag and nudged the yellow field of a Gadsden flag -- the one with the snake and the words "Don't Tread On Me" -- they erected near their cooler and folding chairs. Passers-by honked. Some, like Taniya Smith, came over to introduce herself. "You out here protecting this?" asked Smith, a former U.S. Navy Seabee who served in Iraq. The three men, Matt Dillard, Mike Dill and Josh Burns, affirmed they were part of a group whose members have flocked to recruiting depots across Idaho as a show of support and solidarity for the four Marines killed Thursday by a gunmen at a Chattanooga, Tenn., military facility. "They supported us, and now we're here showing them that we support them," Dillard, of Clarkston, said/Ralph Bartholdt, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

DFO: So the 3%ers are going to guard the recruitment offices after week day throughout the year?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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