Bossier Sheriff's get ready for "In God We Trust Rally"

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 06/25 2014 05:56AM

Updated 06/25 2014 06:12AM

Bossier Sheriff, Julian Whittington, will host the 2nd annual "In God We Trust" rally.

The event will be held on Friday, July 4th, from 1-4pm at the Bossier Sheriff's Office Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.

Everyone is invited to the free event to celebrate Independence Day and show support for the national motto, "In God We Trust."

There'll be hot dogs and drinks, plenty of children's activities and patriotic and God-lifting music.

The ceremony will begin at 1pm with the presentation of colors, opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance lead by the Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines, and the National Anthem will be sung by Devin Allen Cartwright of Benton.

Kurissa Parks of Parkway High School will play "God Bless America' on violin.

Throughout the ceremony, there'll be church singing groups, patriotic videos and remarks.

Sheriff Whittington will honor Posse members who served in World War II and recognize Young Marines success stories.

Students from Princeton Elementary School will read their award-winning essays of "What Does Freedom Mean to Me" and one local pastor will make you laugh with his imitations of the Presidents.

Attendees are encouraged to register for their chance to win special U.S. flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and Louisiana State Capitol.

While the ceremony takes place inside, there'll be plenty for the children to do outside including: bounce houses, face-painting, cookie-decorating, children's games, and food stands galore.

The Posse will also be fingerprinting and the new D.A.R.E. car and Sheriff's Office motorcycles will be on display.

Parking will be beset on the east side of the substation towards Airline High School, and shuttles will be available for transport to the substation from parking areas.

Handicapped parking will be near the substation on the west side of the building.

At 3:30pm, Sheriff Whittington will offer remarks and make a check presentation to the Yong Marines program, and Governor Bobby Jindal will also deliver a special message via video.

Last spring, the federal government denied the Young Marines any grant funding.

Sheriff Whittington made it very clear to the Department of Justice that he was not going to remove voluntary prayer and the mention of God from the Young Marines program in order to receive the grant money and stood firm that the program would continue, with or without federal aid.

"I was so impressed with having more than 1,000 supporters attend our first-ever "In God We Trust" rally last year," said Whittington. "This year, we've planned more events, included others to speak and perform and invited our elected officials. I encourage everyone to come out on the 4th, and celebrate religious freedom and enjoy Independence Day with us."

More details can be found here.

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