The sixth annual Patriot Day rally, which is described as an opportunity to celebrate America, will be held this Saturday, Sept. 14, at Lions Club Park in Rolla.
The event will run from 5:30-9 p.m. It will start with a picnic and end with a fireworks show. In between, there will be music, speakers, a tribute to those who have or are currently serving in the military and a tribute to first responders, among other activities.
“This is not a political rally or a tea party. Those events certainly have their place, but the Patriot Day Rally is not about left vs. right, upcoming elections or current events,” according to the event website, www.patriotdayrally.com.
“In short, the Patriot Day rally is fireworks with meaning. It is a time for Americans of all ages to come together, to enjoy the freedom to assemble, to eat and play, to honor those who defend our freedom, to learn, to wave a flag, and to publicly thank God that we are Americans!” the website states.
There will be two main speakers this year — Col. Jim Coy, a retired decorated military officer from Columbia, and attorney David Gibbs Jr., founder and president of Christian Law Association.
Both are authors and wil be signing copies of their books at the rally. They will speak from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gibbs is known for telling the story of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” said Darren Myers, event coordinator.
“This year, there will be a bagpipe player during the memorial,” Myers said. The bagpipe player is Kenneth Bristow, an immigrant from Great Britain who became a naturalized citizen. Bristow operated the Sylvan Learning Center in Rolla.
The Calvarymen quartet from Hartville also will perform, Myers said.
Food will be available. The fireworks at the end of the event will be put on by Premiere Pyrotechnics. Myers said the fireworks show will be moved to a different parking lot to allow attendees a better view of the show this year.