The Exchange Club of Aurora exists to meet the needs of our community, honor exemplary community service, strengthen our youth through scholarship and prevention of child abuse and to preserve and strengthen the principles that make our nation great.
Exchange's Americanism programs were born in the aftermath of World War II. At that time, patriotism was unquenchable and Exchangites joined veterans and others civic groups in heralding the blessings of democracy. In 1949, dedicated Exchangites founded the Freedom Shrine project. This collection of historic document replicas is the most educational of Americanism projects and an overpowering visual illustration of democracy at work. Milestones of Freedom was adopted in 1972 to ensure that the enriching documents of the Freedom Shrine are read and appreciated by school children, the future leaders of our country. Exchangites celebrate May as Freedom Shrine Month.
In 1964, Exchangites adopted the One Nation Under God program. November marks this month-long celebration of the most precious freedom Americans have–to worship as they choose. One Nation Under God programs complement Veteran's Day and members are encouraged to include veterans in the events.
There are no guarantees for the future of our democracy or the stability of our world. As in the past, it will take hard work and dedication to protect the freedoms we cherish.