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This announcement was received from
Daniel J. Brennan
Director of Communications
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP -- Military personnel and equipment from throughout the region will be the center of attention on Saturday, May 20 as part of an Armed Forces Day Open House hosted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature static displays of military equipment, including a medical unit, aircraft and other transportation vehicles. Also planned is a reenactment camp by the 1st Continental Regiment of Foot, tours of Freedoms Foundation facilities, including its Congressional Medal of Honor Grove, a flight simulator, period munitions and memorabilia displays and a repel demonstration out of a hovering helicopter by a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.
The event is free and open to the public.
"The U.S. Armed Forces, from the First Continental Army to today's most advanced military in the world, have played a major role in shaping our country, our history and our future and they need to be recognized," said Lt. General Robert E. Kelley, USAF (Ret), president of Freedoms Foundation. "Throughout the foundation's 50-year history we have enjoyed a great relationship with the various branches of the armed services. Our Congressional Medal of Honor Grove is the perfect backdrop for this event and we look forward to having people from around the region on our historic campus."
Armed Forces Day originated in 1949 to honor American military services. The purpose, according to the Department of Defense, was to expand public understanding of the role of the military in civilian life.
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, with 29 chapters in 17 states, is among the nation´s premier organizations devoted to citizenship-based education and the promotion of responsible citizenship. Founded in 1949 by prominent American business leaders, Freedoms Foundation continues to conduct national awards programs that recognize excellence in education and civic involvement. The foundation's National Awards, Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, and Distinguished Awards programs have honored more than 55,000 individuals and organizations since the foundation's inception.
Today, through its educational component Freedoms Foundation hosts programs for more than 4,500 students from all 50 states. They participate in educational programs that include U.S. history, constitutional rights and citizens' responsibilities, core values, and the private enterprise system. Freedoms Foundation also conducts graduate seminars and workshops for educators that study issues relating history to today's problems, responsible citizenship, and the benefits of the free enterprise system.
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is located on Route 23 in Valley Forge, about 1/2 mile west of the Valley Forge Post Office. Call 610-933-8825 for more information on the foundation's Armed Forces Day event.

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