Pentagon nixes flyover because of focus on Christianity


The Pentagon decided to turn down our request for a military flyover to honor our veterans at the 43rd Annual Treasure Valley God and Country Festival that took place on July 1, 2009, even though we have had numerous flyovers in the past. We want to make it clear that although it is unashamedly a Christian event, a huge part of the Festival has always been honoring our troops who protect our freedom to assemble.

Here are some facts:

  • Since 2006, our website has provided an In Memoriam link to honor our military veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
  • The 43 year old Festival has obtained military flyovers for many years.
  • Each year, the anthems of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are played, and those who have served our country in each branch are honored.
  • In 2008, Mark Schultz, an artist who is popular on Armed Forces Radio for his CD entitled "Letters From War," headlined the event with a moving tribute to military families.

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    No food or drink can be brought into the Idaho Center, except for baby food and bottles.

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