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As I’m sure you can imagine, it has been a difficult and very sad week; nevertheless I wanted to complete this thread with posts containing the spoken and written words that we were honored to receive from our memorial speakers.

I began the memorial service by welcoming all those assembled, which included my family and many members of MDS and Patriot Picket:

“What we plan to do is to have the memorial service on this side [in front of Lawyers Mall], and then cross the street to pick up all the flags and banners and anything you want to carry on the march.

MigraineMan from Maryland Shooters is going to be our Color Bearer in a moment [for the Pledge of Allegiance] and he is also going to lead the candlelight march [after the memorial service].

If you’ll just follow him and the flag he will take the proper direction with the flag when we begin to march later.

At this time I would like to introduce my family: my family is here.

I feel very blessed that my mother is here, Jeff’s daughter Ansley is here with her boyfriend Dave, my nephew Drew, and my brother Clay.

Thank you for being here; I’m so glad that my family can be here to see this, because most of them frankly had no idea.

So I’m grateful for that.

What I would like to do now is to have Gryphon from Maryland Shooters lead a short prayer for the service.”
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Me: “What I’d like to do now is have Gryphon from Maryland Shooters [and a Patriot Picket co-captain] lead a short prayer for this service.”

Gryphon: “Good evening, and to double down on what Kevin said, thank you all for coming.

Kevin and his brother Jeff, and Paul [Stoveman] and I, as well as a good number of you all here tonight were out here on the very first [Patriot Picket demonstration] night several years ago and started this thing off.

Thank you all for coming.”

Gryphon reads our Opening Prayer:

“Our brother Jeff, beloved member of his family, grew to become a husband and father, and a true friend to so many who are gathered here today.

There are many noting his sad passing across this country.

We thank you Lord for Jeff’s life, for his spirit of love and fellowship, for his keen understanding of our sacred American rights under our Constitution.

We thank you Lord for watching over Jeff for all the years after his terminal medical diagnosis, the years in which he instead chose to live his life to the fullest and created Patriot Picket.

We are grateful to You for these special years.

Lord, our brother Jeff came to know You better too during those years, and loved his local church family.

Thank you for allowing Jeff to know the many good people in all the organizations he was associated with.

We thank you for giving Jeff his indomitable spirit, a spirit that carried him through so many painful medical treatments, yet we saw him returning to the field of our battles each time with renewed courage, energy and conviction.

We thank you Lord for all those assembled here today, we ask blessings over all of us and watch over all of us as we continue on in the spirit Jeff embodied, a spirit we so much admired: his desire to do good, and to be right, and to trust in You.

Amen”

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Me: “What I’d like to do now is have Gryphon from Maryland Shooters [and a Patriot Picket co-captain] lead a short prayer for this service.”

Gryphon: “Good evening, and to double down on what Kevin said, thank you all for coming.

Kevin and his brother Jeff, and Paul [Stoveman] and I, as well as a good number of you all here tonight were out here on the very first [Patriot Picket demonstration] night several years ago and started this thing off.

Thank you all for coming.”

Gryphon reads our Opening Prayer:

“Our brother Jeff, beloved member of his family, grew to become a husband and father, and a true friend to so many who are gathered here today.

There are many noting his sad passing across this country.

We thank you Lord for Jeff’s life, for his spirit of love and fellowship, for his keen understanding of our sacred American rights under our Constitution.

We thank you Lord for watching over Jeff for all the years after his terminal medical diagnosis, the years in which he instead chose to live his life to the fullest and created Patriot Picket.

We are grateful to You for these special years.

Lord, our brotherJeff came to know You better too during those years, and loved his local church family.

Thank you for allowing Jeff to know the many good people in all the organizations he was associated with.

We thank you for giving Jeff his indomitable spirit, a spirit that carried him through so many painful medical treatments, yet we saw him returning to the field of our battles each time with renewed courage, energy and conviction.

We thank you Lord for all those assembled here today, we ask blessings over all of us and watch over all of us as we continue on in the spirit Jeff embodied, a spirit we so much admired: his desire to do good, and to be right, and to trust in You.

Amen”

Please put the song on this thread, as well my friend.
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Presenting the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance

“Now I would like to introduce the Bearer of the Colors tonight who has a story to tell, MigraineMan from Maryland Shooters, if you would come forward to the mic.”

MigraineMan:

“Ladies and gentlemen, Patriots, my fellow Americans:

Kevin contacted me last week and asked me to say a few words here and I immediately accepted, but I had to pause because - - it wasn’t for lack of what I would say - - but the momentous task of distilling it down to just a few words.

I’m here today to try to explain why this flag has been part of the Patriot Picket.

I actually picked this flag out of a pile of trash at the Frederick County landfill.

This made us furious: we took it to our son’s Boy Scout troop and we did a flag project [to restore it] and through that we flew the flag at the Winchester Hall where the Frederick county executive is, at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and we took it to Arlington National Cemetary and had the Sentinels fly it at Arlington.

After the flag project finished I talked to Jeff and I said I would like to bring this flag into the Patriot Picket fold, and expand and continue basically showing the colors, there was no point in retiring it.

We took it to Baltimore for [US Army] Capt. Philip Brown’s unaccompanied serviceman internment, we took it down to Annapolis - - it has flown here - - we took it to the White House, we flew it in front of the Capitol building, we flew it in front of the Washington Monument and all over the Capital.

At the end of February one of Jeff’s last outings, one of the last outing he took down to DC, we shot a video with this flag in front of Nancy Pelosi‘s wall in an effort to pressure our lawmakers to take the wall down from around the Capitol.

This flag is seen some duty, it is part of us, and it is an extension of Jeff and it is really a cool thing to have, and we are going to keep flying it.

So if you would now join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
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“Jeff Buys a Gun 2004”

“Now we begin our speaker sessions, people who want to remember Jeff, and I’m the first one.

I’m going to tell a little bit about our family to get it started, and my segment is called “Jeff buys a gun.”

Jeff’s life began in Montgomery County, it began like mine did, of course.

Our family has been in Montgomery County for about 200 years, we felt devoted to Montgomery County.

First, we went to public school there, and we went to Montgomery College there.

We began to work there, we did everything there for the first part of our lives.

Jeff went away to the University of Georgia, graduated with a degree in journalism.

That’s why he did such a good job with his journalism for “The Truth About Guns” website, and writing on our website.

What’s interesting about our family is that we have family members [our ancestors] in both Maryland and Virginia, and many of you know that Jeff practiced his activism a lot in Maryland and Virginia.

Because on our mother’s side of the family, one side fought for the Union, and the other side rode with Mosby’s Raiders in the Shenandoah.

So Jeff has a lot of personality in his genes, and whatever rebelliousness there is, it’s genetic.

Some of you who lived in the area 30 years ago might’ve seen him as an anchor man at what is now FOX5 - - back then WTTG Channel 5 - - he was a weekend anchor there.

Jeff rose up through the small [TV news] media markets in the south, as a one-man photo journalist, carrying his own [TV video] camera and tripod, and doing his own stories, and he worked his way all the way to the top, where he jumped his way out of the top at Channel 5 because they wanted Brian Williams to take his place.

I think it was a bad decision [to hire Brian Williams], but that’s what they did.

Jeff decided after that to go independent, created his own business, created his own career, worked for himself, he kept a hand in journalism, and he kept writing.

Around 2004 he bought himself a “marine-coat” Mossberg 500 shotgun which he would bring down to Virginia and he would shoot the heck out of it.

Jeff enjoyed target shooting with that shotgun, and then he began going to gun shows in Virginia with me.

During that time I got more interested in firearms, and I purchased my first firearm, and we continued to purchase firearms.

We got more and more interested in firearms law, and discovered the difficulty with the firearms laws in Virginia, versus the farms laws in Maryland.

So it was at the gun shows that we met Dick Heller, around 2009, one year after Dick won his momentous case in the Supreme Court in 2008.

We became friends with Dick Heller and talked with him over the years, and I asked Dick to write a letter for us, because he could not be here tonight.

I asked him if he could write something to read to you and he did give it to me.
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Dick Heller: “Remembering Jeff Hulbert”

“Friends,

I deeply regret that I cannot be with you tonight in Annapolis to celebrate the life of our brother, and my good friend, Jeff Hulbert.

Jeff and I have been buddies for many years, going back to about 2009.

Kevin reminded me that this is when we began our regular chats at Virginia gun shows, the year after I won my case at the Supreme Court in “DC vs. Heller” in 2008.

As you might imagine, two mid-50’s gun-guy twins talking at a gun show table are difficult to forget!

I quickly came to know Jeff as a ball of fire; like me, Jeff was disgusted that the overbearing government was leeching away our rights.

In June 2010 we were all together when we posed for pictures on the Plaza of the Supreme Court with 2A plaintiff Otis McDonald, and we were joined by Second Amendment Foundation VP Alan Gottlieb.

It was the memorable decision day in McDonald v. Chicago, when the Court handed down their ruling which incorporated the “Heller Decision” under the 14th Amendment, and applied it to the States.

What a day!

Years later Jeff had an inspiring insight, and founded Patriot Picket to demonstrate for our 2A rights wherever they were threatened, but especially in Maryland and the surrounding states and DC.

I will always remember March 2018, when Jeff invited me to join a Patriot Picket mission to demonstrate for the Second Amendment during the huge anti-gun “March 4 Our Lives” rally marching through downtown DC.

With us were members of a northern Maryland militia group; I immediately noticed they all brought their first aid kits!

We stepped right into the middle of thousands of marchers as we occupied the very center of the intersection at 12th & Pennsylvania Avenues, and were surrounded by curious grandmothers, angry parents and hundreds of cynical teenagers.

Jeff wasn’t concerned in the slightest, and he would enthusiastically approach the students glaring at us and ask: “Do you study about George Washington and Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in school?

Well, he said, we have an historical American figure just like them here - - today - - he’s still alive, and you can meet and talk with him!

Come over and meet someone who won one of the most important Bill of Rights cases in American Constitutional history: Meet Dick Heller!

This embarrassed me at first, but that was the way Jeff liked to introduce me, and Jeff clearly enjoyed surprising both friends and strangers with that historical assessment of me: eventually I got used to Jeff sharing this when meeting his many friends, especially the members of Maryland Shall Issue and Maryland Shooters.

Yes, Jeff Hulbert was a true Patriot, one of the “Three Percent.”

Jeff will truly be missed and fondly remembered.

Respectfully, Dick Heller”
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Fidelity: “Rack&Roll Joins MDS, 2013”

Our friend Fidelity remembers Jeff, the family man and friend to many he came to know:

“I first encountered Jeff on the Maryland Shooters forum, that we often call MDS. I had been there a year, and Jeff was part of the wave that joined in 2013. And I thought, what a character. As I'm sure, many of you did.

As I got to know him, through online discussions, text messages, in person lunches, sitting at gun shows for Maryland Shall Issue, the man won me over. His kindness, his commitment, his passion, his energy, his optimism, his steadfastness, his love of country. He was my friend, and I could count on him.

As you all know, Jeff could talk to anyone. He was determined to connect to as many as possible.

Many of us on MDS have often heard Jeff referred to as the Theodore Roosevelt's "the man in the arena.” He didn't sit on the sidelines. He rolled up his sleeves and put words to action. He took many slings, but he always seemed to have emerged head unbowed, and renewed in purpose. I have tremendous respect for Jeff and those that joined him.

Activism is not only brave, but it is honest.

We were lucky to have him. As President Lincoln once said of General Ulysses S. Grant: “I can't spare this man - he fights.”

And for the Constitution, and for those rights enshrined within it, he fought. I today carry a copy of the Constitution that he passed on to me, and thus feel like I carry a part of my friend.

Jeff may be gone, but as the novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote in the Old Man and the Sea ... Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Jeff's body may have given way, but Jeff is in no way defeated.

And while Jeff loved this great country and its Constitution, through my discussions with him, one thing surpassed this love, and it was the love for his daughter, Ansley.

He was so proud of her. She produced a series for the Investigation Discovery channel. I learned that everyone celebrates her birthday with her - which is March 17: St.Patrick’s Day.

I heard about her escape during COVID in NYC in April 2020, with boyfriend and cat. Jeff said that Ansley is a fighter. No higher praise could he give another.

Ansley, I am honored to have known your dad and to have called him my friend.”

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Stoveman: “Jeff Creates Patriot Picket, 2016”

Fidelity introduces the remembrance of Stoveman, who met Jeff at the Handgun Permit Review Board meetings in 2015, and joined Patriot Picket in 2016.



Stoveman:

“For all you Maryland Shooters I’m a 13’er, but the best 13’er out there was a man we come to remember tonight, Jeff Hulbert.

I actually met Jeff, like I met a lot of you guys, at the HPRB meetings.

Speaking of Maryland tyranny, huh Mark?

I’ll never forget the first time Jeff came into the room for that HPRB meeting: he owned the room, it was just like any other room that he walked into, he absolutely owned the room.

There were no strangers in Jeff’s life, it was just friends that he hadn’t met yet.

He really impressed me that night; we got to talking and a few months later in the middle of the General Assembly session he started a thread called “Maryland Democrats Hate You. “

And that was the start of the Patriot Picket.

And so he had this idea of having an old-fashioned picket line, right here on these bricks, right where the senators and the delegates come out, and he had the best signs, him and Kevin had just the absolute best signs.

And I said: “I got to get in on this.“

So I made my first foray down here and that was it, I was hooked.

I’ve met a ton of great people and we’ve had such an awesome time.

Jeff absolutely loved this, he loved the interaction with the legislators, and so we took the show on the road to the [2016] Democratic National Convention in Philly, Tim Montoya was there and some of you guys.

We were at the NRA several times, in DC more times than we can count, and of course every Monday night back here on the bricks in Annapolis.

And of course Jeff used to call it “the Super Bowl and Christmas all wrapped up in one” and that was Richmond VCDL Lobby Day.

So he did as much in Virginia as he did here in Maryland.

He would call me the morning of [VCDL Lobby Day] very early, and I would ask him “What are you doing up so early?“ And he would say “I couldn’t sleep, I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve.”

He could not wait to get down there to Richmond on Lobby Day.

And so this [Annapolis] is where it all happened and we are so glad that you all came down here to kind of relive what we did here every Monday night, and we are just so thankful.

I loved Jeff like a brother, and he just was uncanny.

His journalism background just gave him that extra something, he knew: he would wake up in the morning with a gut feeling, and we would be going with it, and it would be absolutely perfect every time: that was just Jeff.

Jeff had that uncanny ability to know just what to say, where to be, what shot to compose for video, he was just that kind of person.

He is just never going to be replaced.

He was just an inspiration to myself, I never thought I’d be standing out here being interviewed by TV programs, he was the one that pushed me: “you’ve got to be our spokesman” and here we are.

It was right here on these newly repaved bricks in February of 2018, that Jeff took a stand, and I think we are going to hear that video [audio].”
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Deep Lurker: “Getting Arrested, 2018”

“We are going to play the audio in a moment, it is the audio taken from the video recorded of our arrest [on 2/5/18].

You’ll hear Jeff being confronted by the police officer, [Jeff’s replies] and the police officer’s response.

The declarations that [Jeff] made right at this spot [on the brick sidewalk] became the subject of a Federal civil rights lawsuit, and our [civil rights] lawyer [Cary Hansel] is here to talk about it.

Before we do invite [Cary] up, I would like to introduce our good friend Mark Pennak, because without Mark none of this [the ongoing Hulbert/MSI civil rights litigation] would ever have happened.

Mark, would you join us?”

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