Rally celebrates freedom

Rally celebrates freedom

Several hundred turned out at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at KCHS on the Sunday before Independence Day for the 25th Annual Happy Birthday America! God & Country Rally. According to organizer Dave Carey the rally is designed to recognize God’s blessings on our country and honor all of our veterans and their families. It is sponsored by the God and Country Rally committee, area churches and service organizations. This year’s featured speaker was U.S. Army First Sergeant Christopher Watts (Ret) who has served 26 years earning multiple awards and decoration and is currently Assistant JROTC Instructor and competition drill team coach in Anchorage. “As challenging as things may look for the youth of our nation, JROTC offers a great alternative for future plans where you can get life tools for character development and leadership skills where you can deal with challenging situations on a peer to peer level and help young people with what can appear to be a very confusing future,” said Watts in an interview with the Dispatch.

Joining a JROTC program does not mean a commitment to military service according to Watts, “In fact Junior Army ROTC’s bottom line is not to build the military, but to build effective citizens for our society. The JROTC motto is motivating young people to be better citizens,” he said. JROTC is offered as an elective at high schools in various school districts.

The God and Country Rally included a tribute to veterans of branches of service and were asked to stand for applause as their anthem was played. Traditional hymns were also led by Fern Covey and her team along with prayers of remembrance for all victims of violence. Assisting Dave Carey in organizing this year’s event was Pastor Jon Watson, Pastor Alan Humphries and Herb Stettler.

Rally celebrates freedom
Rally celebrates freedom
Rally celebrates freedom

More in News

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Anchor Point house fire leaves 1 dead, 1 in serious condition

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

EPA logo
Alaska Native group to receive EPA funds for clean water projects

The agency is handing out $4.3 million to participating tribal organizations nationwide.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 6 new COVID deaths

The deaths, which included a Kenai woman in her 40s, pushed the total to 840 since the pandemic began.

Ryanna Thurman (right) speaks to a library employee at the Soldotna Public Library on Thursday, March 25 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna library seeks OK for grant fund purchases

The funds are made available under the federal American Rescue Plan Act

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Kenai man killed in vehicle rollover

The man was travelling northbound on the Sterling Highway on Tuesday.

Cheryl Morse and Tom Kleeman prepare Thanksgiving lunch at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Food bank opens doors for Thanksgiving lunch

“We don’t know what to expect, so we’re trying to still be cautious on our limited seating.”

Carter Kyle (left), Lincoln Kyle (center) and Brandon Kyle (right) hand off Thanksgiving meals at a drive through event hosted by the Salvation Army on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Thanksgiving on the go

Salvation Army hands out meals in drive-thru event

Bench creator, Brad Hughes, pours the molding material over the clay while Rob Wiard and Matt brush the liquid rubber over each character on the bench to ensure it is covered evenly. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Molds for the Loved Lost Bench are underway

Construction for the memorial bench continues as the rubber molds to shape the concrete are made.

Most Read