Tyler Open Carry Celebration planned for July 4th
POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 8:22am
UPDATED: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 11:39am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — After their highly attended Open Carry Celebration in Downtown Tyler on Independence Day of 2013, organizers of Open Carry Tyler are following through with their promise to make the event an annual one.
“This year the theme is an appeal to heaven,” said Open Carry Tyler founder and organizer Stephen Lee.” An Appeal to Heaven” is a reference to a phrase found on the Pine Tree Flag used during the Revolutionary War. “Independence Day is a great day not only to celebrate our freedoms and remember the sacrifices of the past,” said Lee, “but also to renew our plea to God to preserve the values that this great nation was founded upon; namely the unalienable right to Life, Liberty and Property.”
At 9:00 a.m., Open Carry Tyler participants will attend a reading of the Declaration of Independence organized by the Smith County Republican Party prior to their walk. Smith County Republican Party Chairman, Tim McCormick said, “We are always happy to see our fellow Texans exercising their freedoms and rights under the Constitution. We are glad they are joining us in this event celebrating the history of Independence in our nation.” Immediately following the reading open carry participants will walk around the downtown Tyler square seven times before stopping for some readings from the book of Psalms and a brief moment of prayer. “That’s how we will make our appeal to heaven,” said Lee.
“This is a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day,” said Matt Theissen of Tyler. “Our forefathers made their appeal to heaven as armed, free men and we are celebrating the sacrifices they made and the principles they fought for in the same manner,” Theissen went on to say.
Open Carry Tyler is a grassroots group of individuals voluntarily cooperating to organize open carry events throughout East Texas. Open Carry Tyler is not affiliated with Open Carry Texas. Follow Open Carry Tyler on Facebook at www.facebook.com/opencarrytyler.