“Happy Birthday, America! 238 years today,” the Rev. Steve Morgan said during the opening remarks.
A clip of a pre-recorded message by Dr. Allan Lockerman encouraged patriots to pray that the glory of God and his intervention would return to this country.
“I still believe that our nation is the greatest nation ... We have our problems, I know; there are great stains on our history,” Lockerman said. “But I put all of those together against any nation and still say that we are the greatest nation.”
He said the United States needed the glory and favor of God today just as it had in the past.
“What God has done before we need him to do again,” Lockerman said.
Dramatic readings featured famous quotes from former presidents, civil rights leaders, Founding Fathers and others prominent in United States history giving their thoughts and definitions of freedom.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland prayed for the United States during the event.
“We are thankful for the men and women in our armed forces who are fighting for our freedoms around the world,” Rowland prayed. “As they fight, let them fight with Jesus on their side.”
Music and song filled the building as those present expressed their patriotism and their thankfulness to God for the United States.
Among those participating were First Baptist Cleveland Choir and Orchestra, pianist Jack Clark, the Homeland Harmony Trio and the Trinity Trio.
Older veterans struggled to stand during the “Armed Forces Medley” as those present applauded in gratitude and honored them.
The event was coordinated by Stephen Beasley and Tyler Brinson and was moderated by His Hands Extended founder Max Morris.