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About Us

The Rowland Freedom Center is dedicated to honoring those who defend our freedom, educating future generations about why we're free and promoting patriotism. 

Quote of the Month

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is       behind  him."
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

What is Freedom?

The most fundamental meaning of freedom is the ability to live your life as you choose. To think, act and express yourself as you desire, as long as you don’t harm others.

Individual liberty and freedom of expression are at the core of American values. We may not always agree with others, but we respect the right to act freely as others choose.

Why Are We Free?

We all know that “Freedom Isn’t Free”. It’s earned through the action and sacrifice of previous, current and future generations to defend our democracy ahead of their own self-interest because freedom is everybody’s interest. We call these people patriots. Among our greatest patriots are the members of the US Military, men and women who endure hardship at home and abroad so that we can enjoy safety, security and freedom. The greatest act of patriotism is to sacrifice one’s life defending our freedom, and our debt of gratitude for these patriots has no end.


Defenders of Freedom

Our speaker series, Faces of Freedom, recognizes our Defenders of Freedom who went above and beyond in face of danger to themselves for the benefit of others

Jerry Yellin
United States Army Air Force World War II fighter pilot

Tom Brames
United States Navy crewman and nuclear engineer on the USS Nautilus, the first Nuclear submarine


Robert Friend

United States Army Air Forces Colonel Fighter Pilot in the 332nd Tuskegee Fighter Group


Jacqueline Cochran

United States Army Air Forces Colonel fighter pilot founder of Woman Air Service Pilots (WASP)

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