Courtland Sykes was the keynote speaker for the second annual Reagan Day Dinner. 


True Republicans United held their second annual Reagan Day Dinner on Friday, May 17, at the newly-constructed Moscow Mills Lions Hall. The fundraising event “Crisis on the Border” benefited in large part the Border Patrol Foundation. 


The foundation is much like our local Backstoppers and provides financial aid and assistance to the spouses and children of U.S. Border Patrol agents that are injured or perish in the line of duty.

The hall was beautifully decorated, and the guests enjoyed appetizers and refreshments during the social hour. The Lions provided a cash bar and garnered the proceeds for their benevolent organization.

The event was emceed by Pastor Kelly Hardcastle of Christ Centered Church of Troy and opened with our active military and veterans leading the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Hardcastle then sang a beautiful A cappella rendition of the national anthem that was met with enthusiastic applause. He then prayed for our country, president, leadership and all in attendance, and thanked God for our blessings, fellowship, and meal. 

A variety of delicious foods were catered by B. Hall’s Restaurant of O’Fallon, and scrumptious homemade desserts were provided by the TRU membership.

Just shy of 100 people attending, supporters came not only from Lincoln County, but from the surrounding counties of Franklin, Montgomery, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren, and as far away as Taney County, Missouri. 

Elected officials and our military veterans were recognized as well as any former or current law enforcement officers in attendance. Among them we were honored to have Sergeant Gerard Johnson of the Manchester Police Department and Dr. Howard Levinson, both of whom were past recipients of one of Law Enforcement’s highest honors, the Distinguished Service Citation for Valor. It was Law Enforcement Week in Washington, DC, and a “White Table” was set as the centerpiece of the room to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by the brave men and women of our U.S. Military and Law Enforcement agencies.

The Keynote Speaker of the evening was Courtland Sykes, a U.S. Navy Veteran and Intelligence Officer, who traveled from Washington, DC to present “Crisis on the Border.” 

Sykes emphasized the dangers that the mass migration of illegal immigrants pose for the United States. Sykes engaged a receptive audience conducting a question and answer session, the answers of which were both enlightening and in several instances surprising.

Marine Veteran and former State Representative Paul Curtman addressed the “Border Crisis,” pointing out that we not only need to secure our perimeter we must also root out those that have already infiltrated our core. Curtman also referenced the story of King Cyrus, the gist of which is you can enslave an entire nation by emasculating its men and denying them possession of the weapons of war. State Representative Bryan Spencer, eager to speak, rushed to the event directly from the end of the General Assembly’s legislative session at the State Capitol. 

Spencer, a member of the conservative caucus, was not happy with some of the outcomes of this session. 

He passionately pointed out a discouraging increase in government while picking winners and losers in tax credits and corporate welfare.


Some of the musical entertainment from the event.

Fundraising included a basket raffle, 50/50 and oral auction. Novelty baskets were assembled and contributed by TRU members and businesses donated lovely oral auction items, the highlight of which was a biding war that ensued for the last item of the evening...a Trump flag. The winner of the 50/50 generously donated his winnings back. TRU raised over $1,300 for the Border Patrol Foundation. Pastor Hardcastle concluded the ceremony in prayer.  However, the festivities of the evening continued and were capped off by the musical performance of the Bold Adventure Band to the delight of a dancing audience. For more information about TRU please visit and TRU’s Facebook page. 

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