25th Annual European American Heritage Festival in Pulaski
PULASKI, TN. October 22, 2011. The march of pride stretched out more than a city block here. Over 100 patriots, two from as far away as Canada, marched behind a fluttering sea of the flags of their European homelands on a crisp Autumn day to celebrate European achievements and pride. The 25th annual European American Heritage Festival was pronounced a “solid success” by organizer Pastor Thomas Robb of the Christian Revival Center in Harrison, AR.
The event started 25 years ago to protest plans to proclaim Martin Luther King Day. In recent years, it morphed into a celebration of pride in the European founding/settler people of the United States. The event featured literature tables, tables displaying teeshirts, with a goodly display of Confederate memorabilia, and tables with home crafts and jewellery .For the first time, there was a custom and antique car show. Lively music was provided by Heritage Connection – Charity Dunscombe and Shelby Pendergraft, Pastor Robb’s grand daughters, who have just brought out their fourth CD.
The purpose of the European-American Heritage Festival is “to offer an opportunity to European-Americans (usually called White Americans) to demonstrate love for their heritage, people and culture,” explains Pastor Robb.
“We gather here to exercise free speech in this beautiful Tennessee town founded by our White ancestors,” Rachel Pendergraft the MC told the crowd gathered in the spacious parking lot of the Giles C County Court House’s.
“Every single signer of the Declaration of Independence was of European descent,” Pastor Robb told the crowd. This is our land,” he added. “It was your forefathers who faced savage Indians, tilled the soil, and irrigated parched land, once considered worthless and made it produce food to feed the nation and to feed many others. It was your forefathers who harnessed the forces of Nature.”
The reason the politically correct hate you, Pastor Robb explained “is because the moment you become proud again, you become a conqueror again. Europeans came to this continent as free men, not as slaves in a ship or sneaking across another people’s border. Our frontier was their ‘New England’ – a European country,” he added.
“White students are ashamed that they have no culture. They are told by those who wish our genocide that they have no ‘groove’, ‘soul’ or rhythm’. But out of the European blood of their ancestors came waltzes, symphonies, classical and country music. While others were banging on a hollow log, our European ancestors were making pianos and guitars,” he said.
“What happened to the republic given to us by our forefathers?” Pastor Robb wondered.
He reminded the festival attendees that, coming out of Independence Hall in Philadelphia after signing the Declaration of Independence, a then aged and feeble Benjamin Franklin was confronted by a woman who demanded: “ Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?”
“Lady,” Benjamin Franklin replied,” we have given you a republic, if you can keep it.”
In a stirring conclusion to his remarks, Pastor Robb reminded the crowd: “The Fifth Commandment says, ‘Honour thy Father and thy Mother that your days may be long upon the land.’ If we lose it now, it will be because of our failure to love our heritage, to love our people and to do our duty.”
The festival attracted a film crew from New York City and a reporter from French television Channel Plus who had travelled from Paris specially to cover this aspect of American politics.
Festival sponsors included the American Free Press and the Barnes Review, the Derek Black Show, broadcaster James Edwards and the Political Cesspool, Reason Radio Network the Abundant Life Fellowship, author and broadcaster Dr. Tomislav Sunic, the Nationalist Times, and the Canadian Association for Free Expression.
CAFÉ Director Paul Fromm gave extensive interviews to the press. “I was delighted to see two giant Red Ensigns, the flag of the real Canada, proudly carried in the ranks of the flags of our European homelands,” he said.