Community leaders, business people, and over 500 students took part in the God and Country celebration breakfast, which is in it’s fourth year, and is put on by the Victorville Kiwanis Foundation. The event echoes the first object of Kiwanis International, which is to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life.
The morning’s entertainment featured inspiring music performances by the Azusa Pacific University Choir & Orchestra, a nationally renowned, mixed-voice choral and orchestral ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Sutton. They performed a wide variety of music with a concentration in contemporary Christian music. The group tours extensively each year, appearing in churches, schools, and civic organizations in the western United Stations, and internationally.
Prayers and quotes from our Founding Fathers and other Patriots were given by students from local high schools, and ceremonies and presentation of colors were given by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Army Lt. Col. Brad Letner, Ret. acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
The keynote speaker was Ambassador Clyde Rivers, acting Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi. He is a representative of the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative to the United Nations Office in New York, among many other representations and achievements.
Having traveled among many other nations, Rivers expressed his belief that America is still the greatest country in the world. His main goals are to bring about peace, better education and free enslaved people in the world.
After his talk, Rivers honored God & Country’s founder Wally Linn with a plaque appointing him as “Ambassador of the Golden Rule.” which is “peace.”