Exchange Club to Re-Dedicate Freedom Shrine at Quad City International Airport on Monday 4/30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:25

Celebrating the proud heritage that all Americans share, the Exchange Club of the Quad Cities will rededicate the Freedom Shrine at the Quad City International Airport in Moline on Monday,
April 30, at 1:30 PM. The program will take place at the Freedom Shrine in the connecting corridor near baggage claim, and will feature remarks by U.S. Representative Bobby Shilling (17th Congressional District of Illinois.)  The public is welcome to attend.

The Freedom Shrine, donated by the Exchange Club of the Quad Cities in 2004, is a set of permanently mounted plaques of original documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Gettysburg Address, that were vital to the founding and development of the United States.  The purpose of the Freedom Shrine is to give everyone the opportunity to see and read for themselves the words and actions that marked momentous turning points in our great nation.  They are evidence of the strength and courage of our forefathers and such a public display allows the public to read the immortal words of inspired Americans who so decisively changed the course of history.

More than 12,000 Freedom Shrines have been dedicated in schools, military installations and government buildings since the program began in 1949.  In the Quad Cities, the Exchange Club has installed a Freedom Shrine in the Silvis Library, East Moline City Hall, and Eagle Ridge School, among many others.  If your school or government building is interested in having a Freedom Shrine or want to know more about the Freedom Shrine, call Ralph Wilshusen at 755-2975. 

The Exchange Club has been in the local community for more than 40 years and strives to make the Quad Cities a better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the prevention of child abuse.  The club meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at The Windmill Restaurant, East Moline, IL.

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