Saturday’s ‘Back the Blue’ rally set to proceed in Salem, featuring several local politicians

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(Photo: Courtesy MGN Online)

(Photo: Courtesy MGN Online)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Despite the heavy rains, organizers say Saturday’s “Back the Blue” rally will continue in Salem as a way to honor those who protect and serve the community on a daily basis.

According to Veteran Events Management, Inc., attendees are asked to meet in the parking lot of the Salem General District Court building at 2 E Calhoun Street at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 — with the first 100 participants set to receive a free t-shirt — before moving to the corner of Broad and Main Street for the March on Main, which will begin at 11 a.m.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Aug. 14, the organization asks attendees to dress appropriately and “remember the Blue always have our back 24/7 Rain or Shine. They are our first line of defense when we call 911. Let’s get out and show our support even if it’s raining.”

At 1 p.m., Veterans Events Management, Inc. says activities will move to the inside of the Salem American Legion at 710 Apperson Drive, with food and beverages available for purchase. According to the organization, there will be several speakers at the event, including U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith; Del. Joe McNamara; and gubernatorial candidate, State Sen. Amanda Chase.

Chase’s website says she plans to stay at the event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday to help show support for law enforcement.

In addition, Veteran Events Management, Inc. says the rally will feature musical acts, with Barry Young performing at 2 p.m. and Mason Creek performing at 3 p.m.

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