The third annual God and Country Celebration Breakfast drew about 1,200 people to the former Heilig-Meyers building in Hesperia in the early morning on November 7.
The event was organized by Wally Linn, as a way to honor God and also to honor the men and women who have sacrificed to make the nation free.
Major Jeff Struecker was the keynote speaker, sharing his life and death story while fighting for the lives of his men in Somalia some 20 years ago, at age 24. He credits his religious faith in getting him through the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, where needed the courage to go back into a combat zone to rescue the pilot of a downed helicopter.
The breakfast had many veterans, as well as business and community representatives. About 700 high school students attended to learn about patriotism. The Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra performed.
Congressman Paul Cook spoke at the event, and acknowledged the youthful faces in the crowd.
First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said it was a great opportunity for people to come together.
The event was sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Victorville Foundation,