After its 1967 founding, the National Committee for Responsible Patriotism created and coordinated some of the great mass activities in U.S. history. Because it played down its role to insure full support from a wide spectrum of organizations and individuals, few know of NCRP’s accomplishments.
As its first activity, the Committee staff organized the third longest parade in American history – in support of our servicemen in Vietnam.
When U.S. POWs in Vietnam were receiving very little attention, NCRP launched the campaign to help get them decent treatment.
During Operation Gratitude, NCRP coordinated patriotic activities throughout the nation – from the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Circle to the Caribbean Sea (Hawaii-Alaska-Puerto Rico). In just the New York City metropolitan area alone, there were five parades – including the longest in the history of New Jersey – and other activities. Hundreds of thousands took part.
In 1969, the Committee created Honor America Week, a huge national success, and helped organize the tremendous Honor America Day in Washington, D.C. the following July 4.
On the very date that our military was withdrawn from Vietnam, NCRP played the key role in organizing Home With Honor Day to welcome back the veterans of that conflict. A gigantic parade, with over 150,000 people and 100 brass bands, marched through Times Square, followed by a gala banquet and top entertainment for a thousand servicemen.
NCRP coordinated two petition drives – re: the U.S.S. Pueblo and the POWs – each with a million signatures; Helped introduce American flags on fire engines and police cars; Was instrumental in making U.S. flag lapel pins popular; Conceived the use of turning on headlights by day to show support for patriotic causes; Organized two massive motorcades from New York to Washington re: the Pueblo and as part of a salute to law enforcement personnel and firefighters.
To mobilize public support for U.S. action when the Iran hostage crisis erupted, the Committee launched the Respect America campaign with simultaneous NCRP press conferences in four major cities. In a spectacular show of national unity, leaders of 200 national and state organizations attended. Countless activities throughout the country resulted.
The Committee hosted occasional dinners where hundreds heard important speakers such as Dr. Edward Teller, Gen. Daniel Graham (the head of DIA) and Gen. William Westmoreland.
NCRP projects have been endorsed by countless public figures, including several Presidents and 44 Governors.
Although largely inactive in recent years, NCRP is still a non-profit New York State Corporation and a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.