NORFOLK, Va -- Conservatives united for a rally billed as "Freedom Fest 2010." in Norfolk, Va. over the weekend. The Sunday gathering served as a chance for conservatives to rally the base of the Republican Party.
Rally organizers estimated more than more than 1,000 people attended the event.
Bishop E.W. Jackson, the founder of Staying True to America's National Destiny or STAND, kicked off the rally with a message of faith.
"I am excited as a patriot," Jackson told CBN News. "I love my country. I believe I have gathered together with people who love this country. We believe that God gave us this country as a gift to us and to the world and I am just happy to celebrate that with others who are of like minds."
It was a celebration of freedom and also celebrated the men and women who continue to fight for the U.S. to remain free.
"We are the land of the free, because we are the home of the brave," former Virginia Governor George Allen said. "And 24-hours a day, every minute of the day, these men and women - whether in the military or first responders - are making sure we are enjoying the blessings of liberty.
It was that focus which made retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North the perfect keynote speaker for the event. He gave the audience a rare inside look at the war in Afghanistan.
"We need to be worthy of the sacrifices they are making," North said. "They deserve better than a commander-in- chief who goes around the world as a Nobel Laureate, kowtowing to foreign leaders and apologizing for America, because America has nothing to apologize for."
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin agreed with North, saying the president's "bowing and kowtowing," was detrimental to America as a world superpower.
"Do they think really that we're getting anything in return for all this bowing and kowtowing and apologizing?" Palin asked. "No, we don't get anything positive in return for this."
"So while President Obama is getting pushed around by the likes of Russia and China, our allies are left to wonder about the value of an alliance with our country any more," Palin added. "They're asking 'what is it worth?'" she said.