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Our Mission

Our mission is to celebrate military personnel and first responders with an inclusive, family-friendly festival honoring all who serve in the United States Armed Forces and protect us at home and abroad.

Who Are We?

NC Freedom Fest, 501(c)(3), brings together members of the following community organizations with the goal of celebrating military appreciation:

  • Goldsboro Elks Lodge
  • City of Goldsboro
  • Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation
  • Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

“Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.”
President John F. Kennedy, 1962

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team stand at attention during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the IPL 500 Festival Parade in Indianapolis, May 25, 2019. The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard presented the colors along with a joint service color guard comprised of service members from Indiana. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jonathan W. Padish)
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Juan Vasquezninco provides security during small boat raid training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019. Photo by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin.
Coast Guard personnel fill a container with sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aug. 28, 2019. Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally
191008-N-NF912-1026 ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 8, 2019) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Carol Jimenez cleans the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the “Sidewinders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremiah Bartelt/Released)

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