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4th of July "In God We Trust" Rally

Posted: Jul 1, 2013 4:24 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2013 8:16 AM

All are invited to attend the 4th of July “In God We Trust” rally on July 4, from 1-4 p.m., at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Viking Drive Substation to show your support of our national motto.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has taken a stand against the federal government for denying the Sheriff’s Office federal grant funding for their youth programs (Young Marines and Youth Diversion), because of the mention of God and voluntary prayer in the programs. Sheriff Whittington has made it clear that he will not remove God nor voluntary prayer from either program.

Come join Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, other local, state and federal dignitaries to sign a large banner offering your support for “In God We Trust.” The phrase was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 2006, on the 50th anniversary of its adoption, the U.S. Senate reaffirmed "In God we trust" as the official national motto of the U.S In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution reaffirming the motto and encouraged the public displays of “In God we trust” in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.

There will be a live radio broadcast at the rally, and American flags will be available to show your patriotism. There will also be hot dogs and drinks for all.

“We are holding the 4th of July “In God We Trust” rally because this issue is about as close to home as it gets,” said Sheriff Whittington. “It’s a direct attempt to try to influence what we do right here at home, and we want to send a message to Washington, D.C….this is a wake-up call, and it’s our time to stand and say, ‘In God We Trust’.”

Sheriff Whittington has received hundreds of phone calls and letters from individuals, groups and churches showing their support for the Sheriff’s stance, and many have sent money and started fundraisers. Although the Bossier Sheriff’s Office doesn’t solicit funds from the public, Sheriff Whittington expresses his gratitude and will accept public support. If you wish to donate, please contact the Bossier Sheriff's Office at 318-965-3411 or write to Bossier Sheriff's Office, ATTN: Young Marines/Youth Diversion, P.O. Box 850, Benton, LA 71006.

“I am tremendously grateful to the people who have offered up their support of our young people and the shared disbelief over an objection to even the mere mention of God in our youth programs,” Sheriff Whittington said. “The Young Marines program is such a positive influence on the lives of our young men and women, and about 1,000 recruits have graduated from the program over the past decade. Our newly-formed Youth Diversion is another tremendous program that will steer young men and women down a positive road so that they, too, can become productive citizens in our communities.

Come and show your support at the 4th of July “In God We Trust” rally on Thursday, July 4 from 1-4 pm. at the Viking Drive Substation, located at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.