Lake Land College in coordination with the Mattoon Exchange Club recently rededicated its Freedom Shrine, located in the Northeast Building on campus. The shrine was rededicated in honor of former Lake Land College geography instructor Charles “Chuck” Womack, after the building was renovated last summer as part of the college’s sustainability initiative.
“Once renovations were complete, the Freedom Shrine was reinstalled to its original condition and we are pleased to gather here today to rededicate it in honor of one of the college’s founding faculty members,” said Mike Sullivan, chairman of the board of trustees.
The Mattoon Exchange Club purchases, frames, and installs multiple major documents illustrating the history of basic American freedoms. In addition to the location at Lake Land, some of the present locations of these shrines are Mattoon High School, Riddle and Williams Elementary Schools and the Cross County Mall. The Freedom Shrines are created to strengthen citizen appreciation and American heritage.
“This is a group of special American documents that remind us that the freedoms we enjoy today came only because of the determination and sacrifices of our ancestors,” said Dick Heller, former Lake Land instructor and Exchange Club member. “This wall represents the values that have made us the great nation we are today.”
The first Exchange Club Freedom Shrine was dedicated in 1949 and the Mattoon Exchange Club has dedicated eight shrines to date.
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