Quote of the Month
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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
United States Army Air Force World War II fighter pilot
United States Army Air Forces Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldiers Medal, Air Medal and Purple Heart.
United States Army Air Forces Colonel Fighter Pilot in the 332nd Tuskegee Fighter Group
United States Army Air Forces Colonel fighter pilot founder of Woman Air Service Pilots (WASP)