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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. Follow this story: Fox & Friends: Pentagon Denies Patriotic Rally Request Bryan Dooley at the Idaho Press-Tribune: Pentagon Nixes Flyover. Ysabel Bilbao of KTVB: Pentagon says "no" to flyover for God and Country Family Festival Fox News: Air Force Denies Request for Flyover at Christian Festival. Bryan Dooley at the Idaho Press-Tribune: Military stands by flyover decision at God & Country Rally Bill O'Reilly - Talking Points Memo Bryan Dooley at the Idaho Press-Tribune: Lt. governor blasts event flyover decision You may contact the Pentagon here.

By |2018-02-14T04:38:21-07:00July 3rd, 2009|2009|0 Comments

2005 God & Country Family Festival Features SonicFlood

Nampa, Idaho - The Treasure Valley God & Country Family Festival Committee announced the Dove award winning gospel music artists SONICFLOOD will be the special guests at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country event to honor all Military and Veterans with special emphasis on those personnel and their families currently serving in the military. The 38th annual event will provide many activities including featuring many of the individual ministries and services, which help the families of the Treasure Valley. Mayor Tom Dale will present the Annual Public Servant Award to a public employee for exemplary service to the community. SONICFLOOD, a Christian worship band will be featured as the 2005 musical guest with a special free concert. They have just release their latest CD, This Generation, a follow-up to 2003’s Cry Holy; This Generation sees SONICFLOOD entering a new season that includes welcoming new players, a season that front-man Rick Heil hopes will lead people to a definitive understanding that God’s heart is truly good. It sounds obvious. After all, we learn about God’s goodness from our earliest days in Sunday school. Mike Locknane Chairman of this year’s event said, “This event continues to grow and has become a genuine showcase for various ministries in the valley to present themselves to the God & Country audience as we continue to honor those serving our community through military service and positions in public service.” Sponsors have provided funding so we can continue to offer this event FREE of any admission charge. The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, June 29, 2005 event (always the Wednesday before the 4th of July). Family activities begin [...]

By |2018-02-14T04:38:21-07:00June 7th, 2005|2005, Press Releases|0 Comments

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann to Honor Veterans & Military at 2003 God & Country Family

Nampa, Idaho - Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann will be guest speaker at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country Rally to honor all Military and Veterans at the 2003 event according to an announcement by the God & Country committee. Brian Kohagen, Chairman of this year’s event said, “After the successful return of our troops from Iraq and all Military on guard throughout the world we are very excited to dedicate the 2003 event to our Veterans. We have been working out the details and have many new and exciting features planned for this years event.” The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, July 2, 2003 event. Family activities begin at 6:00 PM, special presentations and speakers at 8:00 PM with the Treasure Valley’s best fireworks completing the evening at approximately 10:15 PM. Justice Daniel Eismann is a decorated Vietnam combat Veteran, from Homedale and serves Idaho as a Supreme Court Justice. Eismann received two purple hearts after receiving wounds in Vietnam. THE GOD & COUNTRY RALLY has a rich 30 year history which began when sixties western film star, Chuck Connors of the popular “Rifleman” television series helped launch such rallies across the nation. Godly men and women took up the challenge and continued the tradition in Nampa. THE POPULARITY OF THE RALLY brought nearly 10,000 to the park-like setting of the Idaho Center Amphitheater, which really improved the seating areas, visibility, production and sound quality for the free community event. The traditional date of the Wednesday, proceeding the 4th of July, has been set for the Wednesday, July 2nd. The event begins at 6pm with special music and entertainment, [...]

By |2018-02-14T04:38:21-07:00June 24th, 2003|2003, Press Releases|0 Comments

2004 God & Country Festival Adds Phillips, Craig & Dean to Headline Musical Entertainment

Nampa, Idaho - The Treasure Valley God & Country Family Festival Committee announces Sparrow Record’s gospel music artists Phillips, Craig and Dean will be the special guests at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country event to honor all Military and Veterans. The 37th annual event will provide many activities including featuring many of the individual ministries and services, which help the families of the Treasure Valley. Brian Kohagen, Chairman of this year’s event said, “After the successful return of many of our troops from Iraq and all our Military on guard throughout the world we are again very excited to dedicate the 2004 event to our Veterans and public servants in Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. We have been working out the details and have many new and exciting features planned for this year’s event.” The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, June 30, 2004 event. Family activities begin at 6:00 PM, special presentations, speakers and public acknowledgments at 8:00 PM, and the full musical presentation beginning after the special presentations with the Treasure Valley’s best fireworks completing the evening at approximately 10:15 PM. THE GOD & COUNTRY FESTIVAL has a rich 37 year history which began when sixties western film star, Chuck Connors of the popular “Rifleman” television series helped launch such rallies across the nation. Godly men and women took up the challenge and continued the tradition in Nampa. THE POPULARITY OF THE FESTIVAL brought nearly 10,000 to the park-like setting of the Idaho Center Amphitheater, which really improved the seating areas, visibility, production and sound quality for the free community event. The Idaho Center Amphitheater will again provide a [...]

By |2018-02-14T04:38:21-07:00June 3rd, 2003|2004, Press Releases|0 Comments
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