We are grateful to the following performers in this inaugural
performance of Freedom Is Not Free.
We are honored by the willingness of these top performing
artists to join us in expressing thanks to our Veterans.
Following are links to photos of each group or individual:
thanks to Don Gunderson, Linda Campbell, and all singers
in the Community Choir, and to Mike Shaw, Cindy Petty,
Toby Loftus, Rachel Thoroughman and members of the
Oregon ProArte Chamber Orchestra, and Sue Schreiner
of the Wilsonville High School Music Department for
sharing our vision for this event.
Johnson and Elaine Cook, House Team Co-Managers
Special thanks to our terrific
House Team, led by Rhonda Johnson and Elaine Cook.
One guest to the event wrote, "From the minute
we arrived, and were helped out of our car, to the
escort inside, and seeing
all the uniforms and pictures framed and beautifully
presented, and loads and loads of volunteer helpers,
we knew we'd be in for a treat." The House Team's
dedication and love for Veterans is demonstrated in
their hospitality, fine performance, and warm service
to our guests.
were delighted with the debut performance of two new
compositions, written specifically for this event:
Song by Tim Johnson. This theatrical
piece explores the history of freedom in our country
and recognizes those who knew the true cost of freedom.
The song was performed by Sojourn and the community
choir, and included video interviews of those who
have experienced life without freedom, as well as
video testimony from Bob Tiernan, who currently
serves in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Flanders Fields by Rick & Elizabeth
Peters, words by Maj. John McCrae. The mournful,
celtic-style piece underscores the fallen soldier's
charge to future generations to continue the fight
for freedom. During the song, photos of U.S. military
cemetaries were projected, with statistics showing
the number of identified and unknown soldiers buried
in each cemetary.
Sealey, Scott Hicks, and Steve Hotaling of the
we would like to acknowledge the excellent Technical
Team. This group went "above and beyond"
the call to present a spectacular show for the audience:
Hicks, Technical Director
Campbell, Visual Media Technician
Pullen, Lighting Designer and Director
Sealey, Sound Technician
Hotaling, Technical Support
are many, many others who worked tirelessly to make
this special event possible. Listed above are just
a few. We thank everyone who participated in "Freedom
Is Not Free." We
share the sentiment of one participant who wrote,
"This whole undertaking [has] shown ... what
can be done without huge committees or massive budgets.
Thank you for thinking of our veterans and having
the commitment to not only show them how you feel,
but in a manner they deserve."
will always be grateful for the opportunity to work
with this outstanding group of people.