The Copperas Cove Morning and Noon Exchange clubs dedicated a recently installed Freedom Shrine at House Creek Elementary School on May 17.

“The Exchange Club tries to put a Freedom Shrine in every public building possible,” said Noon Exchange President Mike Blount. “It’s important to put Freedom Shrines in schools because every child needs to know the documents and the history of this great nation.”

The Freedom Shrine placed at House Creek Elementary is a 20-piece collection of plaques provided by the National Exchange Club. It displays reproduced copies of historical documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Constitution.

Coryell County Judge John Firth told the House Creek Student Council and a third-grade class about the importance of their roles in helping further democracy for generations to come.

“Every one of these documents represents the liberties and freedoms that we value most,” Firth said. “You (children) will be responsible for ensuring our freedoms and continuing democracy in the future.”

Copperas Cove Independent School Superintendent Joseph Burns echoed Firth’s statements.

“It’s critically important to appreciate the freedoms afforded to us by the men and women in service, both now and throughout history,” Burns said.

The Freedom Shrine’s purpose is to give students and others a chance to study the important turning points of U.S. history and to let them reflect on the meanings of democracy and citizenship.

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