DETROIT, Nov. 9, 2012 — Freedom Center, the military lounge located at Gate A43 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s McNamara Terminal, celebrated its first year of operations today with the unveiling of a commemorative banner to thank service men and women and veterans for service to our country.
During its first twelve months of operations, Freedom Center has hosted over 30,000 members of the military, their family members and veterans during their travels through Detroit.
Freedom Center opened their doors on November 1, 2011 and was officially dedicated on Veterans Day 2011 – 11/11/11 – at 1100 hours. Operated by a dedicated group of volunteers, the lounge offers the travelling military, as well as veterans, a quiet respite with comfortable couches, recliners, complimentary coffee, juice, soft drinks and bottled water, snacks, free wi-fi and even a tripple bunk bed to grab some shut-eye.
Freedom Center operations are made possible by generous financial contributions of corporations and individuals, led by Meritor, Inc. and the Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Other major corporate supporters include: Oshkosh Defense, Lapeer Industries, Pratt & Miller Engineering, Cadillac Castings, Merrill Technologies Group, Raymond James & Associates, Rent-A-Center, Delta Air Lines, Masco Foundation, Richard and Virginia Vallee, the Michican Regional Council of Carpenters and Millrights, Marketing Associates and GraphicColor Exhibits. Additional financial supporters include RAVE Computer and the arsenal of Democracy Chapter, Association of the US Army.
Freedom Center is staffed by volunteers seven days a week, 365 days a year. Operating hours are from 6:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. However, many nights Freedom Center has operated around the clock when travelling soldiers, sailors and Marines are stranded due to flight delays or weather issues.
Individuals wishing to make a donation to Freedom Center or become a volunteer can obtain additional information on the Freedom Center’s website, MIFreedomCenter.org.