PaRCS Administrative Assistant Vivian Casteneda and Recreation Instructor Alex Lewis check out the Freedom Shrine at the Burien Community Center.

The Exchange Club of Highline recently installed a ‘Freedom Shrine’ at the Burien Community Center, in an effort to celebrate “the proud heritage that all Americans share.”
The Freedom Shrine, sponsored by the National Exchange Club, is a collection of photographic reproductions of original documents from American history. The permanent display includes the Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
Several months ago, the Burien Parks Department was offered the opportunity to host the display by the Exchange Club. After much discussion, a location at the Community Center was selected and the Exchange Club members proceeded with installation of the project.
The Freedom Shrine program is designed to remind Americans that the freedoms, rights and liberties Americans enjoy today did not come easily and that these gifts must be cherished and protected. More than 12,000 Freedom Shrines have been dedicated in schools, military installations and government buildings since the program began in 1949.
The Exchange Club of Highline began in 1961. They will be celebrating their 50th year this October. Their contributions to the community include local food banks, New Futures, Transform Burien, Child Haven and Ruth Dykeman. The organization recently distributed over 550 school supply backpacks to students in the Highline School District.
For more information, check out their website:
The Burien Community Center is located at 14700 6th Ave SW.]]>

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