Valdosta Daily Times

April 3, 2014

Stand Up America Rally this weekend

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — It’s not a political rally, but rather a gathering this weekend to “stand up and say we want America back.”

“We are losing our country to those who don’t care that our country was founded on Christian principles,” notes “Stand Up America Rally” organizer Ray Norton of Ray Norton Tires in a letter sent to area pastors. “We Americans need to seek God’s forgiveness and stand up for America.”

Norton cites 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my own people will humbly pray and turn back to me and stop sinning, then I will answer them from heaven. I will forgive them and make their land fertile once again.”

The program will include music by the Old Paths Quartet, the trio Paid In Full, with Lewis Edwards presents a “Patriotic Special.” Free flags will be given to the first 100 veterans. David Tews serves as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

In both the flier and the letter to area pastors, Norton stresses this event is nonpartisan.

“This is not a political rally, not a Democratic or Republican rally,” Norton notes. “This is a rally for all Christians to come together and stand up for America.”

He sent the letter to pastors to ask them to lead the event in prayer. He hopes to see many faces in the audience praying for the U.S.

The evening will celebrate the nation and its veterans. American veterans are invited to attend the event for free. “To honor our veterans both past and present, thanking them for their sacrifice on behalf of our country and for freedoms they fight to preserve for us every day.”

The “Stand Up America Rally” is sponsored by several area businesses.

“Stand Up America Rally” is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, April 5, Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St. Ticket: $10, general admission; free admission for veterans. Advanced tickets are available at Ray Norton Tire & Auto Center, 2606 Bemiss Road. More information: Call (229) 247-1555.