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Friday, October 17, 2008

First Annual “Salute-A-Vet” Veterans Day Luminaria Ceremony

The Freedoms Foundation, a national, non-profit organization that provides citizenship education programs for students, will offer citizens across the country a unique opportunity to honor and thank military veterans they know with its first annual Veterans Day “Salute-A-Vet” Luminaria Candlelight Ceremony on November 11th. The event ties in with the 90th observance of Veterans Day, which was initially known as “Armistice Day” to recognize the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

Between now and Veterans Day, the Freedoms Foundation is selling “Salute-A-Vet” Luminaria (for a $10 donation) to allow people an opportunity to recognize veterans they know- a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor. The Luminaria will be lit at a solemn candlelight ceremony on Veterans Day night at the organization’s Valley Forge campus. The names of all veterans honored with a luminaria will be announced as part of the ceremony’s solemn roll call.

Click here to download a luminaria order form.

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The Freedoms Foundation, a national, non-profit organization that provides citizenship education programs for students, will offer citizens across the country a unique opportunity to honor and thank military veterans they know with its first annual Veterans Day “Salute-A-Vet” Luminaria Candlelight Ceremony on November 11th. The event ties in with the 90th observance of Veterans Day, which was initially known as “Armistice Day” to recognize the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

Between now and Veterans Day, the Freedoms Foundation is selling “Salute-A-Vet” Luminaria (for a $10 donation) to allow people an opportunity to recognize veterans they know- a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor. The Luminaria will be lit at a solemn candlelight ceremony on Veterans Day night at the organization’s Valley Forge campus. The names of all veterans honored with a luminaria will be announced as part of the ceremony’s solemn roll call.

Click here to download a luminaria order form.

Michael Di Yeso, the President of the Freedoms Foundation, said, “Veterans Day is the day of the year when Americans can recognize and thank all veterans who have served America in war and peace. It is an opportunity for us to do our small part in keeping the flame of eternal vigilance alive in the ongoing challenge of keeping America free and the world at peace.”

Teacher-turned-talk show host Dom Giordano of WPHT (1210 AM) Radio in Philadelphia, the Honorary Chairman for “Salute-A-Vet” 2008, added, “I believe it is critical that citizens, especially children, realize that Veterans Day is more than just a day off from school or work, or a retail shopping promotion. From Valley Forge to the present day, our military and their families have endured great hardship and sacrifice. Whether it is lighting a luminaria, saying thanks to someone in uniform, or helping a family who has a loved one deployed in the service, we have a responsibility as Americans to keep the spirit of Veterans Day alive every day of the year.”

According to Di Yeso, staging the inaugural Salute-A-Vet Luminaria event at the Foundation’s Valley Forge, PA campus is fitting because “when people think of the historical significance of Valley Forge, it represents the hardships and challenges our military faces every day- cold places, hot places, dangerous places, lonely places- wherever they are needed in the ongoing quest for peace and freedom. The tradition of Valley Forge is acted out whenever American men and women in the armed services stand up to defend freedom and keep our country safe.”

Salute-A-Vet Luminaria can be purchased for a $10 tax-deductible donation. Proceeds will support the Freedoms Foundation, which provides low-cost and scholarship based citizenship education programs to students from all 50 states. For more information, call (610) 933-8825 (extension 210 or 221) or visit www.freedomsfoundation.org.

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