Waynesboro News Virginian, page A9.
Talk about putting your money where your mouth is! Mr. Hatfield took out a full-page color ad on page A9 in the Friday, March 27, 2009, edition. The cost of the ad was $2,400. The page was outlined in red with the words, "God Bless America ... We Still Believe!" across the top against the background of a red, white, and blue American flag.
Across the page, top to bottom, were five columns of names of people in the community who also believe that God blesses America and joined with Mr. Hatfield in publicly saying so.
Notable names included were Reo Hatfield, Reo Hatfield III, Reo Hatfield IV (and a slew of other Hatfields), former Augusta County Supervisor Tom Sikes, former Augusta County GOP Chairman Kurt Michael ...
... veterinarian Dr. Bruce Bowman, former GOP Speaker of the House Vance Wilkins, Phyllis Hollowell, realtors Kevin & Vonda Lacey, home builder Mike & Kathy Lacey (Kathy's Restaurant), Del. Steve Landes ...
... auto dealership owner Charlie Obaugh, Augusta Supevisor Tracy Pyles, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Clerk of Court Chaz Evans-Haywood, Rebecca Quick, Yellow Freight salesman Jim Rimel, Valley Blue Dog Steve Sisson, and me as well as many others for a total of approximately 400.
I asked Reo about the reason behind the ad, keeping in mind that he had run patriotic ads in the past. Reo's response:
"I had enough of the government telling the majority of the people that God isn't important.... We are Americans and we have built a country on Truth, Justice, and Freedom ... and 90% of Americans believe it but we can't get the message out. I finally said, 'I am getting the message out.' I love this country and I am ready to fight to keep it."
May God bless America.
Original graphic from News Virginian.