Thank you for inspiring patriotic citizenship in our youth and community by making it possible to honor veterans and first-responders. We appreciate every contribution.

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Many years ago, while serving as Grand Marshal of the Charlotte Veterans Day Parade, former prisoner of war and retired Air Force Col. Quincy Collins realized a mere handful of veterans were responsible for putting on… Their Own Parade.

Collins discovered this small group had zero community support, even though the parade was billed as a Charlotte event in recognition of area veterans for their service and sacrifice. Collins formed a Blue-ribbon Panel to include Hugh McColl and former Mayor John Belk and subsequently founded the non-profit Carolinas Freedom Foundation (CFF).

Since 1995 Carolinas Freedom Foundation has hosted the Salute to Veterans Parade in Uptown Charlotte and accompanying Freedom Breakfast! CFF since expanded its mission to honor the service of first responders with the Patriotism Bowl and engage in youth leadership training through the Patriotic Art Competition & ExhibitionFlags in Classrooms, the JROTC Book Study program, and Shelton Youth Leadership Camp, among other community programs including the Rising Stars young professionals initiative. 

Join Carolinas Freedom Foundation, so that together we may inspire patriotic citizenship in our youth through leadership training as we engage our community with programs and events that honor veterans and first responders.


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