The Arrows of Vigilance flew straight and true yesterday as the United
States won victory over the French in world archery team competition
during the 150th Year Anniversary of Central Park.
The Gold Medal went to the Mothers of Vigilance, the U.S. Women's
Archery Team, for hitting more bull eyes than their French team
competitors. Their accuracy put the Beast of Terror on
notice once again.
21, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 677
Archers of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--July 21,
2003-- The Beast of Terror ducked Central Park yesterday as
580 archers from 50 countries battled with bow and arrows to decide
who was the best at putting arrows in a bulls eye.
from 50 countries caused the Beast of Terror to duck
Included in the pre-Olympic
42nd World Outdoor Target Archery Competition was an Iraqi team, the
first to compete since Saddam Hussein was deposed..
One of the major battles was between the
Mothers of Vigilance: the U.S. women's team recurve bow competition.
They were pitted against French women archers vying for the Gold Medal.
The U.S. team, led by World Archery Champion 21-year-old Mary
Zorn of Warrenville, Ill., beat the French team to take the Gold Medal
and a berth at next summer's Olympics in Athens.
Prior to the archery competition, held in the North Meadow of
Central Park as part of Central Park's 150th Anniversary Celebration,
some razzle-dazzle took place. To hype the archery
competition for the media, two Italian archers, Marco Galizazzo and Michele
Frangilli, shot arrows from atop a New York taxi to the whir and click
of television and newspaper cameras.
Clearly absent from the event was the Beast of Terror.
He was the bull's-eye of the event.
The archery competition was about winners, not losers.
The Beast was
the bull's-eye of the event
It was about nations from
all over the world working together in bloodless competition, ranging from the
smallest such as Slovenia to the largest that included China.
The Olympic Games, from ancient history, was the time
during which all warring nations put down their arms and proclaimed
peace during the event. It was a respite from war, a time
to take a break away from the bloodletting of human nature.
Yesterday, as I watched the final competition
unfolding in Central Park, I thought about the Beast of Terror being
denied the Fear, Intimidation and Complacency that leads to and stirs
the thirst for war in the minds of nations, fueled by those who seek
conquest over others at everyone's expense. These Beasts
rattle their suicide bombers.
As the arrows flew, I saw them as "Arrows of
Vigilance." They were straight and true, aimed at a bulls-eye
When I was
younger, I was an archer. I shot arrows endlessly,
watching them arc toward their mark and enjoying the elation when they
hit the target. I thought of the past when I notched an
arrow and pulled the bowstring back, about how simple the world would
be if everyone used a bow and arrow and a target to decide conflicts.
Whomever could hit the bulls-eye the most won.
War never decides victory.
A Terrorist bomb or a smart bomb
dropped from thousands feet above ultimately decides nothing but
The true victory for people is not bloody
combat, but aiming at the bulls-eye.
Terrorism can only be eliminated when we
see the bulls-eye of life as Vigilance.
When we realize that our enemy is Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency, we can draw our bowstring back and aim
the Arrow of Vigilance at these three Triads of Terrorism.
We can hit the bulls-eye when we
shoot for replacing Fear with Courage, changing Intimidation to
Conviction, and, by focusing not on the Complacency that war and
violence are solutions to human conflicts but rather seeing that what
is Right for the Children's Children's Children is the true bulls-eye.
The Pledge of Vigilance is a
The bulls-eye, the center ring,
is Right Actions in behalf of the Children's Children's Children.
Women's Team proved victorious over the French Women's Team
hope one day that the world will be full of Archers of Vigilance, men
and women who can shoot the Arrow of Vigilance into the center
ring--into the heart of the Beast of Terror--by doing what is right
for our future generations.
What is right for them is not
to become Complacent. It is not sitting on the sidelines
watching Olympic competitors launching arrows at speeds up to 150 mph
at targets 70 meters away vying for Gold Medals, but rather to become
Every man and woman on this
earth is by the nature of his or her being a Sentinel of Vigilance,
responsible for shooting the Arrows of Vigilance so accurately that
the Beast of Terror hides in his cave, fearful that if he sticks up
his head he or she will catch an arrow.
Shoot an Arrow of Vigilance today
(above is Mary Zorn ensuring her team's win)
You can shoot an Arrow of Vigilance today, your first Olympic Arrow.
And, you can hit the
Simply print out the
Pledge of Vigilance and use it as your target for all your thoughts
Practice putting Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency to rest. Fill your quiver
with Courage, Conviction and the Right Actions necessary to protect
the Children's Children's Children.
When you become an Archer
of Vigilance, you'll not have to wait on someone else to protect you
or your family.
Make the Pledge of
Vigilance your Target of Vigilance.
Sign it today.
Hit the bulls-eye!
July 20--Stumbling Over Terrorism
On Road To Vigilance
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