The “Let Our Children Pray” Kentucky tour kicked off on Thursday with a convoy leaving from the Old John Rowland car lot to travel to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort. Verlan Brock, the organizer for the event, said the ride to Frankfort was to show support to the state for allowing Kentuckians to pray.
“We’re honoring Frankfort for being supportive of prayer,” said Brock.
Once in Frankfort, a program was held with speakers and a presentation of colors by the Whitley County JROTC. Brock said there was also a moment of silence for the disasters and troubles that have taken place in schools.
Beginning this week, there will be a “Let Our Children Pray” event in a different county each week. Brock said the tour will officially begin at Bell County High School at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“We want to bring prayer back to the classroom,” said Brock about the tour’s goal. “We cannot bring it back as an individual. It takes our people standing up together. Together, we can make this happen and bring prayer back to the classroom.”
One person who attended the “Ride to Frankfort” was Butch Surface, a resident of Tennessee. He said he used to “haul” Brock on a school bus when he was in the third grade.
Surface is supportive of Brock’s efforts to bring prayer back into schools.
“I supported Verlan for a long time,” said Surface. “I’ve backed him 100 percent.”
Surface said it is very important to bring prayer back into schools.
“We need to fight these people that’s wanting to fight it (prayer in schools),” said Surface. “Every time we put up something with God on it, they want it out. This country was founded on prayer.”
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