Monday, April 28, 2008

Glenn Freeman - An American Hero -- PJM

For those of you who do not know Glenn Freeman well, hopefully this will be instructive. For many of you who do, it may be repetitive but none the less needs to be said.

Glenn was honored by the National Guard Association of Nebraska on Saturday evening with the Distinguished Service Award for his service to the state's military community. His history of service goes back decades having retired as a chief master sergeant after 30 years of service to his country in 1985. Since 1997, Glenn has been a senior aide on veterans affairs to Senator Chuck Hagel. He has helped many of our veterans deal with real problems and he has played a part in the selection process of many young people who have been selected to the highest honor of attending our service military schools.

Beyond the above there is a Glenn Freeman that probably hasn't been fully recognized by all.

It is the Glenn Freeman that has led the efforts of the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge for many years. This is an organization that annually sends youths to Valley Forge for an opportunity to learn more about the history of our county. This is a brief synopsis of what Freedoms Foundation sees as its mission:

'Freedoms Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching young people the principles upon which our nation was founded. We hope to convey the close link between the rights and the responsibilities of citizens in society.

Through our education programs, collectively titled America's School for Citizenship Education, we teach Americans about America. Each year, some 3,000 students from all 50 states take part in Freedoms Foundation educational programs that include U.S. history, constitutional rights and citizens' responsibilities, core values, and the private enterprise system.

Nearly 300 elementary and secondary school educators participate in seminars and workshops on effective techniques for teaching citizenship-related topics in contemporary society.

A centerpiece in the Foundation's worldwide educational efforts is a 'Bill of Responsibilities' developed in 1985 under the Foundation's sponsorship. More than three million copies of this document, designed as a corollary to the Bill of Rights, have been circulated throughout the world. Freedoms Foundation was established after World War II by prominent business leaders to honor patriotism and good citizenship. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower served as chairman from the Foundation's founding in 1949 until his death in 1969.'

Suffice it to say that Glenn's leadership in the local chapter of Freedoms Foundation has contributed to its vigor and commitment to the effort.

Beyond the above Glenn has been an instrumental player in the building of the Douglas County and Nebraska Republican parties since his retirement from the service. He served as the Douglas County GOP Chairman in the early 1990's and has served in various capacities and has been instrumental in outreach to minorities.

One other thing about Glenn. He knows and loves and promotes the U.S. Constitution more than any other person I know. He is a strict constructionist who believes that the founding fathers gave us a document that should be immutable to the frivolous law making of judges. If you want to know what the Constitution says ask Glenn, but beware you aren't going to win any arguments unless you know the document better than he--which is unlikely.

Too often we wait until someone passes on to their final reward to extol their contributions to society. I'm glad to see that his contributions to the military community were recognized on Saturday but even happier to share my thoughts about a guy whom I am privileged to call a friend and a man who has contributed so much more.


Terry Tegeder said...

I had the honor to be on the central committee when Glenn was chairman. He is a dedicated American. I am glad you wrote about him so people who haven't had the opportunity to know him, still have time to do so.

Hal Daub said...

Well said about a great man. Pat, thank you.