Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc.
Contents in Order:
Introduction and General Description
Mission Statement and Long Term Mission
Freedom Field Highlights
Daily Traffic Counts
Interstate and Local Comparable Attractions
Memorials and Designations
Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc. Info
INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PURPOSE
Freedom Field, a tribute to "OLD GLORY"
First, what is the Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc.? It is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to honoring the American Flag in an indoor and outdoor setting known as Freedom Field. The establishment of the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) organization makes it eligible for tax exempt privileges for donors.
Freedom Field is a proposed 30 acre national educational park and entertainment facility dedicated to the flag of the United States of America. "Old Glory", the universal symbol for freedoms and liberties, has been silent for too long. YOU can become a part in restoring the voice of freedom by supporting Freedom Field. It will be a heartfelt remembrance to those who fought for the flag and an educational enlightenment for the next generation of Americans to whom we pass the torch of freedom. No tax dollars are being solicited by the Foundation.
Freedom Field will be located north of the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum along Interstate-75, the American Legion National Highway, in Wapakoneta, Ohio .
The Foundation has set several goals in its planning of Freedom Field; to advance the education and understanding of the history of our flag and the freedoms it represents; to make the Freedom Field available for elementary and secondary school field trips at no cost; to provide educational scholarships. As a historical and educational facility, Freedom Field will teach and instill the traditional meanings of Patriotism, Dignity, Honor and Respect for all human beings and provide true accounts of our countries history; the good and the not so good, as it was, and not the way some would like it to be in order to make themselves "feel good".
Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc. would administer the operation of Freedom Field with excess funds earmarked for furthering students' education and eventually, additional museum exhibits. Support for this project is coming from donations from individuals, organizations, companies and corporations who have made their livings as a result of the free enterprise system, one of the principles which is represented by the flag we seek to honor.
There are many direct benefits which will accrue from Freedom Field. Students will be able to tour the museum at no cost. The parade grounds will be available for all manner of activities, including patriotic celebrations, band and drum and bugle corps competitions, patriotic pageants and the like. Other areas of Freedom Field will be ideal for other functions including July 4th celebrations, memorial ceremonies for veterans and Memorial Day, student and senior citizen programs, to name just a few. There will be economic benefits, not only from the influx of tourist dollars, but also from the creation of jobs directly connected with Freedom Field, with other indirect employment created for area business as a result of higher visitor volume.
The location of the field is strategic. Lying at the intersection of I-75 and U.S. 33, it is adjacent to one of the highest traffic motoring areas in the country. It is estimated that over 20 million vehicle passengers pass by this location each year. Along I-75 is the established attraction - the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum - which yearly brings visitors from all over the world. The location is accessible to 67% of the nation's population within a day's drive. The area is close to two airports, three hospitals, and the I-75 corridor gives ready access to Dayton Cincinnati, Toledo, Detroit and other points North and South. U.S. 33 allows easy access from Columbus, Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, Chicago and other East/West points.
Freedom Field, in its indoor/outdoor setting, will be the first of its design in the country. It complements the Neil Armstrong Museum's depiction of the present and future with a firm foundation in the rich heritage of the past. The vistas of American achievement represented by the Air and Space Museum are the direct descendants of the ideals and principles which are symbolized by the flags of our nation. The importance of Flags as symbolic testaments reflects the diversity each state has in its heritage and cultural mix, each separate and distinct with its own identity; while at the same time, unified by a shared belief in freedoms and liberties represented by the Flag of the United States of America. It is our hope that you will want to become involved
Support for the project is coming from all directions....people like yourself. Now is the time to preserve your family's heritage, sacrifice and commitment to the freedoms we all share through The Freedom Field Park & Museum. The Park has been developed to preserve the history of the greatest symbol of our freedom in America - The United States Flag. As Americans we have fought both on the battlefield and at home to preserve the freedoms and revolutionary beliefs our forebearers prescribed over two centuries ago. Now you, your family, your company or organization, and community can help preserve the History, the Freedom and the Glory of our Flag for generations to enjoy.
Make a difference in the education of young and old alike and show pride in your country by making a tax deductible contribution toward the construction of Freedom Field.
Veterans of Foreign Wars - The American Legion, Department of Ohio, Amvets – Eagles - Auglaize County Commissioners - Wapakoneta City Council -Wapakoneta Board of Education
Our purpose is to cultivate in the largest possible number of our citizens an appreciation of both the responsibilities and the benefits which come to them because they are Americans.........and are free.
LONG TERM MISSION
The Institution: It is the goal of Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc. and Freedom Field to institute a long range commitment to education central to its activities; which is to preserve and promote the great ideals embodied in the flags of the United States of America. These goals will require the museum to evaluate its programs, exhibits and management structures in order to establish new paradigms, allowing it to enrich the learning experiences presented by the museum. The museum will achieve a balance between its social and fiscal responsibilities.
The Community and Surrounding Area: An effective learning environment will be developed and maintained along with an ongoing dialogue with the audiences for which the museum is intended. Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc. will establish partnerships with local school systems, universities, cultural organizations, social service organizations and other community based institutions in order to enable the museum to reach diverse audiences such as "at risk" elementary and secondary school students who have not developed an appreciation of who they are and the importance of their heritage. From a legislative standpoint, the foundation will assist in making an impact on educational reform with increasing recognition of the importance of "informal" education. Freedom Field will play a large part in the communities' financial, economic and educational goals and activities.
National Environment: Through exhibitions and programming, Freedom Field will serve as a forum for information and debate on major issues facing the national community; environmental protection, cross cultural understanding and cultural preservation. The facility will instill a feeling of repatriation to basic moral and ethical views as they relate to the causes of migration of people to the United States of America over the past several hundred years. Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc. will be a historical bastion of truth regarding United States history; while at peace and in time of war.
The Foundation will continually examine its role as an educational institution from both internal and external perspectives. The importance of Flags as symbolic testaments reflects the diversity each state has in its heritage and cultural mix, each separate and distinct with its own identity; while at the same time, unified by a shared belief in freedoms and liberties represented by the Flag of the United States of America.
B E N E F I T S
The following is a list of major benefits that will accrue from Flags of Freedom Foundation, Inc. and Freedom Field.
· Preserve and promote the Freedoms and Liberties represented by the United States Flag.
· Teach and instill traditional meanings of Patriotism, Dignity, Honor and Respect for all human beings.
· Provide educational materials to elementary and secondary schools.
· Provide educational scholarships to needy students wishing to further their education.
· Provide assistance to disabled veterans and employers for specialized equipment and training.
· Student and youth organization tour programs at no cost.
· Senior Citizen tours and programs.
· Public use of the facility for special events.
· Provide schools with assembly programs.
· Create both direct and indirect employment opportunities.
· Will not be limited to any special interest group.
· Promote unity and equality.
· No tax monies are being solicited by the Foundation.
OUR GOAL IS A MUSEUM RICH IN THE SPIRIT OF OUR NATION
FREEDOM FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
OLD GLORY GARDENS: A beautiful floral arrangement of colored flowers horticulturally displaying the American Flag in all its glory.
REPUBLIC HALL: A colonial style building containing a wide array of flags, presidential and historical documents, memorabilia, history and evolution of the American Flag, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and other very important, significant documents.
LIBERTY FOUNTAIN: Crowned with the American Eagle, ever flowing waters symbolize that Liberty is not to be taken for granted and preservation of basic freedoms is a continual struggle...that dreams and wishes do come true...that the human spirit seeking justice, equality, and dignity does prevail.
FREEDOM WALK: An eight-foot wide sidewalk winding throughout the park paved with bricks imprinted with the names of each person, family, organization or community making a specific contributions to Freedom Field. The walk will be mapped into sections so that contributors can easily locate their brick.
PATRIOT FIELD: A parade ground bounded by a walk and flanked with flags representing many of the previous flags that have flown over the United States previous to "Old Glory". The field itself with natural bowl type slopes will accommodate military bands, drum and bugle corp competitions, and memorial and other celebrations honoring our nation.
FIELD OF HONOR: A salute to American veterans, over one-hundred granite memorial markers; each bearing the names of the major battles fought by Americans for the cause of Freedom. You will see memorials commemorating Iwo Jima, Gettysburg, Bunker Hill, Battle of the Bulge, Inchon and others.
FLAG OF FREEDOM MONUMENT: More than 300' across, this centerpiece of Freedom Field will feature a 30' x 50' United States Flag flying more than 120' above the ground, anchored in a 15' high, granite faced pentagon base. This base, surrounded by five reflective pools creating the shape of a star, is encircled by three rings of Freedom Walk displaying all state and colonial flags. The five sides of the base will contain bronze plaques accentuating historical documents such as the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
DAILY TRAFFIC COUNT
24-HOUR AVERAGE – WAPAKONETA, OHIO
INTERSTATE 75/BELLEFONTAINE STREET/U S ROUTE 33
2001 OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
INTERSTATE 75 @ WAPAKONETA
North Corporation @ State Route 67
Old US 33 @ Interstate 75
South Corporation @ US Route 33
BELLEFONTAINE STREET (WAPAK-FISHER ROAD)
East of Interstate 75
West of Interstate 75
U S ROUTE 33
West of Interstate 75 @ State Route 67
Interstate 75 @ US Route 33
West of Interstate 75 @ Wapak-Fisher Rd.
INTERSTATE COMPARIABLE ATTRACTIONS
ATTRACTION ANNUAL ATTN. SOURCE DISTANCE
Greenfield Village 1.4 Million Public Affairs 140 Miles
Ford Museum 313/271-1620 Joan
Air Force Museum 1.3 Million Public Stats 60 Miles
Dayton, OH 513/255-3284 Chris
Mammoth Cave 526,000 Public Relations 300 Miles
Bowling Green, KY 502/758-2328 Justine
See Rock City 475,000 Public Affairs 400 Miles
Look-out Mt., TN 706/820-2531 Todd
Mackinac 450,000 City of Mackinaw 400 Miles
Mackinaw City, MI May-Oct. 616/436-5563 Lana
Allen County Fair 200,000 Fair Board 15 Miles
Octoberfest 100,000 Minster Chamber 15 Miles
Twin Lakes * 90,000 Owner 1/2 Mile
Armstrong Museum ** 75,000 Curator 1/8 Mile
Auglaize County Fair 60,000 Fair Board 1 Mile
Shelby County Fair 50,000 Fair Board 20 Miles
KOA Campground 12,000 Owner 1/2 Mile
St. Marys Lake *** 10,000 Wk. St. Marys Chamber 10 Miles
Indian Lake *** 5,000 Wk. Lakeview Chamber 15 Miles
*Private Resort **No Advertising, State Facility ***Summer Months
FLAGS OF FREEDOM FOUNDATION, INC.
Entity Type - 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Ohio Corporation
Federal ID - EIN 34-1661450
Purpose - Plan, Develop and Maintain 30 acre Park and Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio
Governing Board Dave Christiansen – President
Background - 31 Years in Commercial Banking, Finance & Sales
Larry McLean - Vice President
Background - 34 Years County Engineers Office as Designer/Artist
Dennis Faller - Secretary/Treasurer
Background - 29 Years Attorney at Law
Our purpose is to cultivate in the largest possible number of our citizens
an appreciation of both the responsibilities and the benefits which come to them
because they are Americans.........and are free.