Thousands are gathered here at the Idaho Center to celebrate the God and Country Family Festival.
The event is a chance for many in the Treasure Valley to celebrate their Christian faith, honor the men and women of our armed forces, and the freedoms of America. Music filled the amphitheater of the Idaho Center Wednesday as a crowd of more than 5,000 gathered to celebrate.
"You can come and express your love of country and not worry about anyone saying anything to you about it," said Scott Syme, the event’s board president.
The heat was oppressive but refreshments were readily available in the form of shaved ice. A local Christian music band - AsFireFalls - played beside genre stars Audio Adrenaline and Ryan Stevenson.
"It's a powerful thing, really,” said the band’s lead guitarist, Nick Gregory. “You can change someone's life with a great song."
Two awards were given to outstanding people in our community. One went to Roland Morrison for his exemplary service during the Vietnam War.
"I'll always cherish what they did for me," Morrison confided.
Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter came to the event to lend support to Idaho's Christian population, and members of the military.
"I look around at this crowd tonight,” said Otter. “As I go around the state if Idaho all I can tell those folks any place else in the world the Republic is in good hands in Idaho because of you folks and your faith and you're belief in family and community and the things we share."
For many it was a night of worship and reflection, and for the blessings of America.
After the live music, a fireworks show lit up the night. It was set to music including songs like Pharrell Williams' “Happy” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”