By Kyle Jillson | April 15 2012 07:02

NRA's Wayne LaPierre

St. Louis, Missouri - Last night's NRA's Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience saw thousands of people come together for a night extol the attitudes that make this country so great.

The crowd took their seats to patriotic music performed by the award-winning Randolph-Macon Academy Junior ROTC Band before Wayne LaPierre spoke about the night NRA had in store for the crowd. After bringing out the rest of NRA's executive officers and thanking Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA for being the Annual Meeting's official sponsors, it was time for the presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

Presentation of the colors at NRA convention

Before announcing the first of the night's big speakers, Larry the Cable Guy, LaPierre brought out some special guests to be recognized by the crowd.

On August 6, 2011, 30 members of U.S. Military, including 22 Navy SEALs, and seven members of an Afghan special unit were killed when their helicopter was shot down following an operation in eastern Afghanistan.

Twelve of these brave soldiers' wives were in attendance last night and LaPierre called them up to the stage for recognition of the ultimate sacrifice their husbands and the other soldiers made as well as the bravery they have shown in the months since.

NRA Wayne LaPierre thanking widows for their husbands' service

After the heartfelt round of applause died down and LaPierre personally thanked each woman, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox came out to introduce a comedian whose set would be sure to have the crowd rolling in the isles in no time, Larry the Cable Guy.

Larry the Cable Guy at NRA convention
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