Offbeat: Trumpet of Heritage

July 4, 2008--Posted at 10:00 a.m.  CDT

PARAGOULD, AR--Jerry Halsell loves to play his trumpet.  Jerry also has a deep love for Jesus and he loves America. So it only seems natural Jerry would merge his three loves to form Trumpet of

"Trumpet of Heritage was founded two fold," said Halsell. "To educate people on the biblical foundation of a Christian heritage, and secondly, to employ them to action, especially if they're Christians."

Halsell believes many Americans have fogotten what America is all about and says that's taken our country away from the core Christian values that helped forge our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

"It's said, it's easy to forget who you are, if you forget where you've come from," said Halsell. "That's what I try to do, not let people forget."

Halsell's website is full of factual information and links to other sites that can take you back to our founding fathers original intent.

"There's a lot of good people doing the right things the wrong way and that hurts all of us," claims Halsell. "And that's my job to tell people, regardless of what's going on today, here's how we started."

halsell also takes the Trumpet of Heritage on the road, speaking to civic clubs, businesses, schools, and churches. He uses his trumpet, his stories, and multi media presentations to teach his lesson on America's Christian heritage.

"This nation being founded on Christian principles, it gave every other religion the right to be worshipped or whatever," said Halsell.  "And that's the beauty of Christianity, it allows the freedom of relgion, as opposed to what we're being taught today, freedom from religion.  We've gotten to the point where we want to include everybody, but in the process we've excluded ourselves."

halsell beleives part of the blame for that inclusion exclusion belongs to the media and hopes Trumpet of Heritage serves as one of those ways to bring attention to America's Christian roots.

"There's a blatant attempt to nulify any Chrsitian heritage," said Halsell.  "And whether you're a Christian or not, we've got problems, but we're still the greatest country in the world. What the founding fathers did was the right way and it worked for a lot of years. If we stay close to it, it'll work, but if we're not going to stay close to it, we're gonna let it get pushed aside."

And Jerry refuses to let that happen

"Just like we want to take care of the economy and the ecology, we can't forget where we come from and who blessed us," said Halsell.

For more information and to find out how to book Jerry to come and speak to your group just click on the link