Pro MMA fighter, Mitch "Smashin' Frog" Aguiar is a former Navy SEAL who resides in Virginia. After hearing rumors that a protest planned to target a memorial in Virginia Beach, he took action.Virginia is an open carry state, so Mitch armed him self legally, and went to ensure the memorial to the fallen SEALs remained untouched. He tells us, "I thought I was going to be out there by myself. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find some old salty frogs there. They were also ready to defend the monument. We even had an overwatch team on the surrounding hotel balconies." He went on to say, "We were also monitoring police scanners for updates on the situation."[caption id="attachment_22608" align="alignnone" width="300"]
Courtesy of @mitch_aguiar[/caption]Previous demonstrations on the oceanfront had turned violent. Protestors had vandalized and looted stores. Subsequently, causing police to use tear gas and other less than lethal tactics to disperse the crowd.Mitch tells us, "Apparently one of their objectives was to vandalize/destroy the Police Monument and the Navy SEAL Monument, both are memorials to fallen heroes."
Furthermore, he tells us, "We were going to make damn sure that wasn’t going to happen! The police had come down and saw we had a handle on things at the SEAL Monument. This freed up officers and allowed them to deal with and contain the bulk of the protesters down the boardwalk."Mitch stated he believed this show of force was a necessary deterrent. He also said, "There were two shootings down were the bulk of them were but nothing major at the monument. So overall it went well and there was no drama."Dedicated on July 20, 2017, this has stood as a honored ground for Veterans and civilians alike. They come from all over to remember the fallen and reflect on the call to service. In the past, SEAL monuments, such as one dedicated to Lt. Michael Murphy, have also been vandalized.
Support for Mitch
His instagram post of the evening has gathered over 21,000 likes. His post was also shared by Rob O'Neill, who is largely credited for killing Osama bin Laden. Visits Mitch's Instagram by clicking here. You can also follow his career as a Pro MMA fighter.[caption id="attachment_22610" align="alignnone" width="300"]
Courtesy of @mitch_aguiar[/caption]What do you think of this? Should more Veterans guard monuments? Would you join the guardians? Sound off in the comments below!