By Kyle Jillson | May 5 2013 14:53

Thousands of NRA members attend event celebrating America's freedoms and spirit at Houston Annual Meeting

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at NRA's Stand and Fight Rally in Houston

Houston, Texas - Yesterday's Meeting of Members may have been the main event of the day during the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, but NRA's Stand and Fight Rally was the place to be as soon as the sun set.

A patriotic presentation celebrating America's cherished freedoms, thousands of attendees sat down for a night filled with emotion spirit and pride from two very special speakers.

Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA at the NRA Stand and Fight Rally in Houston

Like all great events, the Stand and Fight Rally began with the presentation of the colors, pledge of allegiance, national anthem and an invocation - led by Col. Oliver North.

Col. Oliver North leads the NRA Stand and Fight Rally's invocation in Houston

The night began with Wayne LaPierre thanking not just the Second Amendment supporters in the attendance, but those watching in other rooms at Houston and through streams around the world, before introducing NRA's officers, their spouses and special guests Larry and Brenda Potterfield.

Country music singer Mary Sarah performs at the NRA Stand and Fight Rally in Houston

Moving on to the first of the night's two speakers, Wayne called out famed impressionist Frank Caliendo, who's repertoire of 120 impersonations includes former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden.

Comedian Frank Caliendo performs for the NRA Stand and Fight Rally in Houston

After keeping the crowd laughing for over half an hour, Caliendo retired from the stage and out walked the night's main event: Glenn Beck.

Glenn Beck speaks at the NRA Stand and Fight Rally in Houston

The host of new media network The Blaze, Beck spoke to the crowd for nearly two hours about the importance of the Second Amendment to not only our American heritage, but our future. At the conclusion of his impassioned speech, Beck received a standing ovation from the crowd for the inspirational message.

The crowd applauds Glenn Beck at the NRA's Stand and Fight Rally in Houston

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