RINCON, Ga. (WSAV) — Gov. Brian Kemp kicked off Rincon’s Freedom Rings celebration and took aim at the Department of Justice.

This year saw a different Effingham Heroes Parade, featuring local veterans, law enforcement and politicians.

The parade marched to Freedom Park in Rincon where Kemp took the stage. He touted his accomplishments and criticized the DOJ’s lawsuit over Georgia’s new voting laws.

“To me, this is all driven because they were unsuccessful passing an unconstitutional mandate and a takeover of elections at the federal level, so I guess this is appeasing the base it’s really hard to understand how they would want to sue a state that is actually expanding access for weekend voting,” Kemp said.

The suit, announced Friday by Attorney General Merrick Garland, challenges the law’s new limits on absentee voting and the reduction in ballot drop boxes.

“Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election law were enacted to bridge the rights of Black Georgians to vote in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” Garland said.