Freedom Museum – Honoring Our Local Heroes

[ music ] [ music ] [ music ] Hi, I’m Captain Jim Porter United States Navy Retired and now President of the Freedom Museum I’d like to introduce you to museum members Reneanna and Kevin, who will take you through an overview of what our museum has to offer our community and our local heroes. [ music ] The Freedom Museum honors all residents of Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park who served and sometimes paid the ultimate sacrifice for out country. [ bell clang sound effect ] [ music ] The museums motto “Lest We Forget” embodies our mission to preserve and share their memories and artifacts. Through education and outreach we ensure we will not take their sacrifices for granted Our wall of heroes commemorates these men and women who have given their lives for our freedom. Our education efforts are focused in three areas Tours of the museum. Lectures by expert member speakers and our traveling exhibits. When you visit us, you’ll walk through time. From the Spanish-American war and the first days of flight to World War I, the depression years, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War up to the present. [ music ] You can get really up close and personal with the artifacts here. Most of which have come from area residents. Take a self-guided tour using your cell phone or arrange for a guide. The museums quarterly speakers topics have ranged from prisoner of war experiences to the attack on the USS Cole, to space travel. Our member speakers are available to speak at your event. You’ll often see our traveling exhibits in local parades. Like our Jeep. The front one-third of a fully equipped B-25 and a 1953 Dodge U.S. Army ambulance with it’s equipment. Our Footlocker Program is just what it sounds like. We take artifacts from different era’s in a Military footlocker to schools, senior centers, and community groups. Through our various outreach events, we support a number of community events in the airport terminal. We support introduction to aviation classes during the school year and children’s summer camp excursions. The museum and it’s volunteers provide support for the airports air show. About 20,000 people attend this exciting event every year. We are also part of the Prince William and Manassas bus tour itineraries. We are very proud to be a part of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program and support the Air and Space Museum at it’s annual Pilots Day and other events at Dulles Airport. We couldn’t do any of this with out the generosity of the City of Manassas. and it’s Regional Airport Commission for providing our space. To support our operations, we collect donations, membership dues, and hold two major fund raising events annually. Our golf tournament is always well attended. We have breakfast, lunch, a great day of golf and great prizes. Each October we host the hangar dance. A wonderful night of fine dining, music and dancing. Plus a silent auction. We are seeking corporate sponsors to help us reach our long term goal of owning land for our museum space. We’re in the Manassas Regional Airpot terminal and our hours are from 10AM to 4PM seven days a week. Admission is free and the terminal is handicap accessible. Please visit our website to see our events and sign up. Arrange a tour, become a member, make a donation or learn about sponsorship opportunities. Join us on Facebook and share photos of your trip to the museum. I hope you’ll consider becoming a member or sharing your families artifacts with us so that we can keep those memories alive. Thanks for watching and I hope to see you at the Freedom Museum soon. [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ] [ music ]

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