Eric Wilson of Georgetown was among several hundred Kentuckians who attended the "Restoring Honor Rally" Saturday on the front steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoted by Fox commentator Glenn Beck.
"It was an overwhelming feeling to participate in an event that was trying to get this country back to its foundation of liberty and freedom, back to values," said Wilson, 40, a senior forecast analyst for a Lexington mattress manufacturer, in a telephone interview shortly after the rally.
The rally was held on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
"It was the grace of God that brought people together for this, not Glenn Beck," said Wilson.
Wilson said the rally "was not a political event, not a Tea Party event and not an anti-President Obama rally. It was an effort to bring ordinary people together who care deeply for this country and to be inspired by not only the speakers, but by each other."
Particularly inspiring to him, Wilson said, was a speech by Alveda King, a niece of the iconic slain civil rights activist and director of African-American Outreach at the Roman Catholic pro-life group Priests for Life.
She repeated how important it is to judge people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, Wilson said.
Wilson is a member of the Kentucky 912 chapter. He said its name comes from the effort to "get America back to where we were right after 9/11, united" and the group is designed to promote the U.S. Constitution.
About 300 to 500 people from Lexington attended Saturday's rally and there were 11 buses of attendees from Kentucky, Wilson said.