Berlin Candy Bomber to launch candy at 4th of July celebration in St. George – St George News
Composite image. Background photo shows KONY’s 4th of July celebration at Greater Zion Stadium in St. George, Utah in July 2018. Inset photo shows 1983 photo of Gail Halvorsen, the candy bomber from Berlin . | Background photo by James Kreitzer; inset photo by Noop1958 via Wikimedia Commons, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – The 4th of July 99.9 KONY Country celebration lineup in St. George will include a sweet twist this year with an official Berlin Candy Bomber candy.
Gail Halvorsen of Salt Lake City became a symbol of international goodwill in 1948 when she dropped candy from her plane for children during an American effort to drop food for the citizens of West Berlin during the Second World War. Halvorsen celebrated his 100th birthday this year and continues to spread goodwill and patriotism to this day.
“Quite honestly, July 4th has become a bit of a watermelon, fireworks and music and going to the lake, and our cause is to remember what this nation stands for,” said Dennis Leavitt. of United we are committed, a non-profit foundation committed to the preservation of the values of faith, family and freedom and patron of the July 4th event. “When we told the Candy Bomber about our foundation and our intention to keep Independence Day sacred and to focus on this coveted idea of being good citizens, he was totally into it.”
Halvorsen will fly to St. George on the day of the celebration and arrive at Greater Zion Stadium during United We Pledge pre-show event time from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Halvorsen will board a helicopter and fly over the stadium and drop candy. Leavitt told St. George News the helicopter would then land on the field, and Halvorsen would board a golf cart and be driven to the scene. Halvorsen will speak briefly to the crowd and then return home. Leavitt said he was delighted to have Halvorsen and 75 of his family at the event.
“We believe that great American heroes should not be forgotten,” said Leavitt. “Anyone celebrating their 100th birthday needs special care. We are losing WWII veterans and we don’t want them all to be forgotten. We think this is a great year to pay tribute to these men and women.
During the event, United We Pledge will present Halvorsen with a Lifetime Service Award in recognition of his actions. The foundation is also creating a Gail Halvorsen Award to be presented to veterans in the future. United We Pledge is not yet a year old and Leavitt said he couldn’t think of a better way to start the organization’s journey than to have Candy Bomber visit on July 4.
During an hour of pre-show entertainment titled “A Patriotic Tribute to America,” United We Pledge will fly the world’s largest American flag, which will also be featured in the St. George on July 4th. parade. They will also honor a man and a woman from each of the five branches of the military, present a document titled “The American Covenant” and offer gifts to participants.
Also on July 4th, United We Pledge will also sponsor an hour of events at St. George’s Catholic Church in Kuzy Hall. The event, which starts at 6:30 pm, is called “A Prayer for Religious Freedom” and is designed to promote harmony among all religions. The event will feature speakers and the Interfaith Council choir.
“We are doing everything we can to make Independence Day look like Independence Day,” Leavitt said. “Let us come together in harmony to do what we can because we want to keep the message and the momentum as strong as possible to keep America great and this love for this land that we all have in our hearts. “
United We Pledge is teaming up with like-minded organizations including Follow the Flag, Operation Underground Railroad and America’s Freedom Festival to make the 4th of July celebration a success and focus on patriotism. The July 4, 99.9 KONY Country celebration will take place at Dixie State University’s Greater Zion Stadium on July 3. Tickets cost $ 15 each and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. They can be purchased online through KONY Country or Dixie State or by visiting or calling the Dixie State box office.
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