Freedoms Foundation teaching civility in uncivil times
David Whiting, a columnist with the Orange County Register, wrote the article headlined “Valley Forge-based group teachers civility in uncivil times” after attending the Feb. 23 Annual Awards Luncheon of the Orange County Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The column begins:
With tears welling, Carlos Aguilar thanks a group of volunteers for supporting his art. Their donation, he assures, will go a long way toward restoring a massive mural honoring Mexican-American veterans.
But this is no typical service organization. This is the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a nonprofit founded by such luminaries as investor E. F. Hutton and then-General Dwight Eisenhower.
Santa Ana muralist Carlos Aguilar. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
While it’s likely you’ve never heard of the Freedoms Foundation, it’s time to step up. Not only does the group have a brick and mortar campus at Valley Forge, Penn., and is celebrating its 70th anniversary, the nonprofit is nothing like you might imagine.
Understand, Aguilar came to America the hard way and his mural, titled “Heroes Among Us,” focuses on local Mexican-American veterans.
When I first heard of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, I will admit that I was surprised it honored a Latino who honored other Latinos.
With the American flag often brandished as a weapon by political extremists on both the left and right, many of us — and I am one — have grown wary of organizations draped in red, white and blue.
Yet suspicion over flag waving is both silly and sad. The Stars and Stripes isn’t a partisan symbol, although some would have it that way. It’s an American symbol.
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