On Monday, February 5, Terrie Ashbaugh and the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus were awarded the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Gold Medal of Honor for service to Veterans in the community.
The award in the category of Special Events goes to is given for the significant events which take place on a day or several days which impact the community, state and/or nation while increasing an understanding of our American Way of Life. The award is the result of the chorus participation in the 2016 D-Day Commemoration ceremonies and most recently for their participation in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Commemoration, December 7, 2018 at Pearl Harbor.
On November 21, 1949 General Dwight D. Eisenhower presented 200 recipients with the first Freedoms Foundation National Awards. The ceremony took place in a barn on a colonial farm once occupied by Washington’s troops, which is now the site of the national headquarters of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
Today, nearly 56,000 awards have been presented to Americans from all walks of life – the famous and the unknown, the young and old – from Maine to Hawaii. Large corporations and small businesspersons, farmers, students, teachers and military personnel have all been presented National Awards for their efforts to make America a better place for everyone.
This program was intended as a way to say thank you to those whose projects, words or deeds reflect the best of the American spirit of volunteerism by offering constructive solutions to contemporary problems. We search for those doing good work in their communities, people or organizations bringing about the best in the spirit of America.
Composer Robert S. Cohen and Artistic Director Terrie Ashbaugh.
All photographs © Louis Prinz 2017. Used by permission.
In The Footsteps of Heroes (DVD) Join the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus on their epic journey to Normandy for the D-day wreath-laying ceremony and celebration. Produced by Robert Ashbaugh Digital Design & Imaging, Tucson, AZ. $22.50 (More details)
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