PROVO — The public is invited to attend America's Freedom Festival's annual Patriotic Service today.

Radio and television personality Glenn Beck will speak at the service, which will start at 7 p.m. at Brigham Young University's Marriott Center.

Beck, who hosts his own cable news talk show on CNN Headline News, as well as his own radio show, is known for his candid opinions and strong sense of patriotism.

In addition to Beck, the service will feature acclaimed singer Michael Ballam and performances by the Freedom Festival Concert Band.

"We're honored that Glenn would accept our invitation to speak at this year's patriotic service," event chairman Boyd Graig said in a statement. "He joins a long, distinguished string of national, state and local leaders who, over the decades, have set aside political and other differences, and addressed the community as fellow Americans, unified in an Independence Day celebration of our common American heritage of family, freedom, God and country."

The event is free to the public. Beck also will host the 2008 Stadium of Fire Fourth of July event at BYU's LaVell Edwards Stadium.