"It's just America, we're not providing or preaching or doing anything of that nature, we're just playing patriotic music and food and celebrating our nation's birthday," says Bossier Sheriff, Julian Whittington.
The first rally was held last year after federal funding was stripped from the parish's Young Marines program. The American Civil Liberties Union voiced opposition to the year's event, saying holding it at a public venue violates the separation of church and state. Sheriff Whittington called Friday's turnout overwhelming.
"I think it just shows that people are starting to say maybe things are not going like we think it should be, we need to make some changes and get involved."
The day was also about honoring World War II Veterans.
"As I figured it was out duty, privilege and honor to be able to serve," says retired U.S. Marine, Ray Urban. Urban and 7 other World War II veterans continue to serve in the Bossier Sheriff's Posse. Their dedication to their country was recognized throughout the event.
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