SPRING HILL — The idea began with a vision and caught on like a firestorm when Hernando County learned of the idea to celebrate America with a focus on local children.
America’s Day 2019!, the first event of its kind, is set for Nov. 2 at Global Jetcare, 15421 Technology Drive.
The event is free but preregistration and tickets are required with an absolute cutoff date of November 1. See below for the link to register for tickets.
Two local ministers, Jody and Regis Andrews, are responsible for the event that has grown quickly in size and stature during its planning stage. The couple recognized a need for today’s youth to understand the foundation of America and where they fit in to the historical dialog.
Their granddaughter, who had been educated in a conservative private school in California, seemed quite learned in American history and civics, Jody explained. But once she transferred to a Florida public school, her grasp of the fundamentals of American civics seemed to weaken.
Jody realized it wasn’t an isolated event. “As concerned grandparents and residents of Hernando County, we felt inspired to develop the vision resonating in our heart,” she said.
The Andersons came up with the idea of a countywide celebration and educational event, designed to build on the understanding of the American heritage. And they were joined by an outpouring of enthusiasm from local partners.
“America’s Day 2019! is a day for all Hernando County to rally around our children and provide them with a broad view of their purpose and place in American History,” she said. “We’ve planned an exciting and free event where kids of all ages can congregate and see America. (It is) designed to expand the horizon for all our Hernando County kids!"
The event will provide demonstrations in personal civics, which Wikipedia defines as a “study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties.”
Instilling civic education is vital to the life and health of Florida’s children and families. “Self-governing of ourselves first, then teaching and training our children to enable them to write their future based solely upon what they think and how they act out those thoughts in a civil society, with the world watching from the sidelines,” Jody clarified.
Bart and Christina Gray, owners of Global Jetcare, a nationally acclaimed and award-winning medical transportation company, are providing the venue.
“America’s Day 2019! is an open classroom, spread out along the runway facility at Global Jetcare, providing a platform for civics to be taught, demonstrated, and experienced without prejudice in an effort to sharpen intellectual curiosity into these matters that were once part and parcel of what made America great before the nations of the world,” Jody added.
“We’re presenting a prototype of civics education, for the well-trained mind, that is developed to face the challenges of the coming decades of changes.”
The Andersons took on the planning and execution of the event because of their deep passion for American values and love of patriotism. And they recognized how the children have been neglected in teaching those basic fundamentals truths.
“It’s not up to the churches, the schools, the government, the agencies, the 501c3’s,” she continued. “But up to us, the parents, the grandparents, the aunts and uncles, the cousins, the neighbors, to love each other by bringing out the best in each other. Iron sharpening iron.”
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees will learn about:
• One Nation Under God.
• Old Glory: Our Flag.
• Office of the President.
• Right to Vote, with mock registration and voting in a mock voting booth during a mock election.
Participants can also expect hands-on activities, bounce houses, aviation exhibits, patriotic music and chances to win incredible prizes. Free sandwiches will be provided by Chick-fil-A. The first 1000 tickets will be entered into the grand prize drawing to win a 30-minute Discovery Air Excursion in a Global Jetcare aircraft.
Gift cards will also be awarded for a middle and high school essay contest, $500, $300, and $200, and individual and classroom poster art contest, with prizes of $500, $200, $150, and $100.
“Our duty and responsibility are simply to teach, train, and demonstrate to our children that a well-trained mind sets us apart from every other nation because we have the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, underscoring we are One Nation Under God. And that begins at home.”
They shared their vision and the community responded overwhelmingly. “The partnership in making this happen for our county is a flow of like-minded, passionate people who love this county and all her families. In a nutshell, that says it all about America’s Day 2019!
“It’s a day to expand the horizon for our Hernando County kids,” Jody said. “We’re painting a broad vision for their future, creating dreams they can catch, and providing experience to explore their possibilities.”
Volunteers are also being sought from the ROTC community for maintenance. If interested, contact Joe Swilley at 352-631-9150.
You can also get more information by visiting America’s Day 2019! on Facebook.
Register for the free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/americas-day-2019-tickets-69237028817.