Promoted on the city of Opelika Web page as well as with signs along local roads, concerned Americans spent two hours listening to speakers Saturday at The East Alabama Tea Party in downtown Opelika.
The East Alabama Patriots, a grass-roots organization that believes in the core values set forth in the Constitution, hosted Saturday’s event in the park across from the Lee County Courthouse. Those core values include limited government, personal responsibility and individual freedom.
Along with Bryant, the lineup of speakers included: U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. John Eismoe, author of 10 books; Dr. Rod Herring, a chiropractor in Opelika; Caleb Wolanek, a home-schooled teenager, who just received a full scholarship to Auburn at the age of 16; Caroline Wren, a college student who is going to Washington in the fall; and Dr. Paige Collins, a dentist in Valley. The master of ceremonies was Ben Hand, an attorney in Opelika, and providing the singing was Heidi Graves, an entrepreneur in Atlanta.