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What began as a kitchen table dialogue with God early one morning, has exploded into a patriotic wave in Haywood County.

Life-long resident Bob Winchester has set out on a quest to spread the words of “Honor and Respect” for God, the Constitution and all American patriots who have sacrificed so much in defense of America and the safety of all Americans.

Winchester’s passion for this cause, which he named “Stand For The American Movement,” has become contagious across the county.

As part of his commitment, he has organized a celebration to bring the Haywood community together in support of those who have given so much in service to the country.

On Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, the celebration of Patriotic America will be held at The Stompin’ Grounds, located at 3116 Soco Road in Maggie Valley.

The two-day event will offer music, hamburgers, hot dogs, flags, caps and T-shirts for a donation, along with a flea market. The community is welcome to bring goods to sell for a $10 donation per-day fee. Tables will not be provided.

Join the Parade of Flags

Haywood County patriots of all political, racial, and religious persuasions are also invited to come together for a parade of flags in a display of solidarity to show their support for the men and women in uniform who serve America and Haywood County.

The parade is open to any patriot who would like to decorate their truck or car with appropriate non-partisan decorations. It is asked that no candidates’ names be used as this is an event to bring people together as Americans.

There will be 3x5’ theme flags available for purchase that morning. The American, Thin Blue Line and Gadsden (yellow with “Don’t Tread On Me”) flags will be available, along with others, for a $15 donation.

Participants should arrive at the Belk parking lot, adjacent to Walmart at Exit 98 off the bypass, no later than 7:30 a.m. A Police-escorted parade will pull out at 8:30 a.m and the parade will follow to the bypass at Exit 98, heading to the Russ Avenue exit, then leaving the bypass heading to Maggie Valley and the final destination at The Ghost Town parking lot.

Saturday’s festivities will continue with food, merchandise, music and live Bluegrass and Gospel music at the Stompin’ Grounds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On both days there also will be a voter registration table for the 2022 election for those not currently registered.

All proceeds will be used to support “Back The Blue,” a program that promotes a healthy relationship between communities and law enforcement, as well as other various veteran programs.

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