By any objective measure, the best and most loved speech at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention in late May was not given by any of the statewide candidates, Congressmen or members of the General Assembly, nor even conservative radio and Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. It was by the Commander of the VPI Corps of Cadets Adnan Barqawi. He simply brought down the house with several thunderous standing ovations with a talk that was at once humorous, stirring, patriotic, enlightening and unapologetic about his legal immigration to America, values, love of country, America's place and meaning in the world, freedom and assimilation (as opposed to the hyphenization society so many foist on us today).
Of course, if you saw it live and want to see it again or share it with others, we highly encourage that, too. But if that isn't enough, Barqawi has accepted an invitation to speak at the 38th Annual National Conservative Fourth of July Soiree. If you haven't been to this event before and haven't made Independence Day plans yet, you owe it to yourself to attend. The Soiree is one huge family picnic gone the good kind of wild, with hundreds of conservatives from all over the mid-Atlantic and beyond who come for the day and then to see the D.C. fireworks at night (or other sight seeing).
The event features barbecue food, a patriotic band, plenty of entertainment for children (including a petting zoo) and the opportunity to make numerous new friends — and it's free! (Guests are requested to bring a dish of food to share). Plus, this year, it will have what surely will be another unforgettable speech by the very impressive young leader, Adnan Barqawi. The festivities will be held from Noon to 4:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, just west of Washington off I-66.
The Soiree is hosted by conservative stalwart Morton Blackwell and the Leadership Institute, a conservative continuing education center that trains conservatives in political, campaign, public policy and communications strategies. For more information on the Soiree, simply click here to visit its Web site.