Rally for America, vets, God: Parade will end at courthouse rally
Calvary Baptist Church is hosting its annual Patriotic Parade and Rally to honor America, veterans and God on July 1.
"The purpose of the event is for God and country," said Calvary pastor Tom Henry. "America was founded on the principles that are laid out in the Word of God: Love God, love one another."
Prior to the parade, Calvary will host a free lunch for veterans at 12:30 p.m. Retired Capt. Brent Canady of the U.S. Navy will speak. Veterans will receive a free hat and pin, Henry said.
The parade, which is open to the public, will leave Calvary's parking lot at 6 p.m. and travel to the Bedford County Courthouse, Henry said. Veterans will lead the way, either walking or riding.
Last year for the parade, children decorated their bicycles and pulled wagons, he said.
"It's a good, ole down home, love America parade," he said.
The parade will end at the courthouse and turn into a rally, Henry said. Patriotic music starts at 6:30 p.m. and features the Cross Point String Band. The rally starts at 7 p.m. on the courthouse steps.
Jason Daughdrill, pastor of Gateway Church, will preach, Henry said.
"We want to show our gratefulness in Bedford County for our blessing," Henry said. "It's a time to laud our blessings. Regardless of what others say, there is no place on earth like America and Bedford County."