SEVIERVILLE — Former President George W. Bush addressed a capacity crowd Wednesday night at the Wilderness Resort and Convention Center in Sevierville.
Bush wowed a crowd of more than 9,000 that attended a three-day conference of the Phil Waldrep Ministries based in Decatur, Ala.
Bush gave the enthusiastic crowd a patriotic message of joy, hope and faith in our families.
Each branch of the military was recognized during the 90-minute program.
“Every day in the White House was a joyous day for me,” the 43rd president said. “I miss being commander and chief of our military the most. You know you live in an amazing country when we have servicemen that continually volunteer to serve their country in the face of danger. I believe we have an obligation to give our troops all the support they need to accomplish their missions.”
The former president said he still has faith that conflicts in the Middle East can eventually be resolved.
“There are individuals out there that kill to achieve their ideology,” he said. “In the United States, our ideology is our assurance to freedom. That’s what makes us great and unique.”
Bush said Japan was once a sworn enemy of the United States but is now an ally because of its desire to become a free nation.
“Something happened over the past 60 years that transformed our enemy (Japan) to an ally,” he said.
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