A veterans' group will hold what it hopes is the first of several Back the Blue rallies to defend and honor those who wear a badge and tote a gun.
Veterans in Defense of Liberty will honor law enforcement in Springfield, Missouri on Sunday.
Scott Magill of Veterans says most of us will never understand the stress of the job, especially today.
“That man that's being yelled at earlier that day put on a vest, put on his uniform, strapped on his gun and put on a badge, and walked out on his family,” Magill says of the average law enforcement officer. “He doesn't know, the family doesn't know if they'll return.”
Americans watching from the sidelines are witnessing a fight in the streets. The public was horrified to watch George Floyd lose his life to a Minneapolis police officer. Yet rioters and anarchists have smashed and burned entire business districts and toppled statues, and the only force able to restore order was a line of police officers braving bottles and bricks.
In the Saturday event, Magill and the organization will express their appreciation to Springfield’s police officers and its deputy sheriffs for protecting the public, and ensuring freedom and liberty.
Veterans in Defense of Liberty is planning on similar rallies in several other cities in the coming months.