ST. GEORGE — The St. George Exchange Club will dedicate a new Freedom Shrine at George Washington Academy on Friday, May 8 at 10:30a.m. The Freedom Shrine is an impressive display of a collection of historic document replicas that serves to remind all of us of the great efforts that have been taken to ensure our freedom. The Freedom Shrine originated with the Freedom Train that toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of historic documents. It serves as an educational tool in schools and as a motivational display in public arenas.
The National Exchange Club is a service organization with 700 clubs and more than 21,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. In St. George, the Exchange Club is active in a number of fundraising events and is focused on helping youth through giving scholarships, awards and opportunities to share their talents. The national charter is focused on child abuse prevention and the St. George Exchange Club is active with the area Children’s Justice Center.
Some of the events sponsored by the St. George Exchange Club include Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival, The Ironman Kids Fun Run, St. George Marathon Mayor’s Walk, GiveAKidAFlagToWave, and the local high school Student of the Month scholarship program. The St. George Exchange Club recently pledged a $100,000 donation to the City of St. George’s new All Abilities Park.
The St. George Exchange Club meets Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at George’s Corner Restaurant in Ancestor Square. For more information about the St. George Exchange Club, contact Shonie Christensen at 435-767-9000.
The program will be as follows:
- Flag Ceremony: Mrs. Back’s Class
- Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language: Mrs. Gass’s Class
- Freedom Shrine Dedication: St. George Exchange Club
- 50 States Song: Mr. Edie’s Class
- Preamble Hip Hop: Ms. Fawson’s Class
- Gettysburg Address: Mrs. Abboud’s Class
- Awarding of Medals
What: Give Me Liberty, Freedom Shrine Dedication
When: Friday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: George Washington Academy Gymnasium, 2277 S. 3000 E., St. George