The Rochester NY Independence Day Tea Party was held on Friday, July 3, 2009 at Ontario Beach Park in the Rochester waterfront of Lake Ontario, a place that is known as Charlotte. Most people were given this day off as a Holiday and the organizers, We Surround Rochester, the Campaign for Liberty and RochesterConservative.com, thought that having it in the evening, from 6pm-9pm, would be a great way of starting out the Independence Day weekend. We were blessed by rain-free weather and although it got a bit windy at times and it has been cooler than normal lately, we had great weather. We reserved the big pavilions at Ontario Beach Park and even if it did rain, we would have stayed dry. It’s such a beautiful spot up at the Park. We could hear the music from the historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel off in the distance.
The Rochester Veterans and Patriots Color Guard kicked things off with a march and Presentation of the Colors:
They were joined by a group of patriotic teenagers from Chicago that are visiting a local Rochester Church:
Here’s a member of the local Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20, who served on the Veterans and Patriots Color Guard.
We all said the Pledge and then Elaine led us in the singing of the National Anthem.
A Rochester Reverend led us in the Invocation.
This Veteran of the Afghanistan War read the Declaration of Independence.
Ken spoke next about political corruption.
Sonja spoke about how our elected officials are acting more like aristocracy and are ignoring the will of the People.
Rev. Dr. Tommy Davis spoke about the government living within the same means its citizens have to and also how unions are out of touch with reality and needing to back away from demands for more.
Charlie spoke about how the Democrat and Republican Parties have abandoned their base, becoming corrupt, self-serving demigods.
Valerie spoke on the history of the Bill of Rights and read each Amendment in between the regular speakers.
This brave little girl led us in the singing of “Proud to be an American”. She did such a good job!
Ken H. spoke about how technology can be used to spread the word of freedom and also on the Nine Principles.
Here’s Chris Edes speaking.
We had more speakers and if anybody can provide me photos of them, I’ll include them in this AAR.
Vivian was there with a very pertinent and original costume.
This WWII Veteran showed up in uniform and a sign with an age-old bit of freedom-loving American advice.
These ladies are trying to send a message to the American people. hint hint
We had a good crowd and filled the pavilion and had over-flow crowds.
Here’s a lady, honoring her Veteran Father (notice the framed photo she’s holding) who was also at the Rochester Tax Day Tea Party. I love the message she has on her sandwich board signs!
We even had clowns to entertain the many kids who attended the Rochester Tax Day Tea Party.
The creative signs that participants carried had messages that citizens and politicians need to heed! They again told the story of peoples concerns.
And my favorite sign…
Here’s a video presentation that Ken H. put together that summarizes our successful Rochester NY Independence Day Tea Party.
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