Bossier City, LA (KMSS) — Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington will hold a 4th of July “In God We Trust” rally Thursday, from 1-4 p.m., at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City to show support for the national motto.
Sheriff Whittington has taken a stand against the federal government for denying the Sheriff’s Office federal grant funding for the youth programs, Young Marines and Youth Diversion, because of the mention of God and voluntary prayer in the programs.
“I will not compromise and have made it clear that I will not remove God or voluntary prayer from either program,” he said.
Everyone is invited to join Sheriff Whittington and other public officials to sign a large banner provided by Louisiana Representative Jeff Thompson to show their support for “In God We Trust.” There will be a radio broadcast at the rally, and American flags will be available to show your patriotism. There will be plenty of parking, along with 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, and enough is enough,” 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’.”
A ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in which the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines will post colors, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and recite the Young Marine Obligation.Windie Hendrix, accomplished vocalist and recording artist, will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America.”
Remarks will be made by Sheriff Whittington, U.S. Congressman John Fleming, Representative Thompson and Mike Berry of the Liberty Institute. A representative from U.S. Senator David Vitter’s office will read a letter from the senator, and a proclamation from Governor Bobby Jindal will be read at the ceremony.
The phrase “In God we trust” 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. View the House reaffirmation here - "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.”