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Freedom Festival releases 2018 collector’s pin

April 21, 2018 GMT

“Hope of America,” one of America’s Freedom Festival premier events for more than 22 years, is the featured event on the 2018 Freedom Festival Pin.

This year’s pin features the theme, “Our Youth are the Future of Liberty” and displays a young girl and a boy waving the American Flag with their hands over their hearts.

Hope of America features thousands of mostly fifth-grade elementary school children singing in an hour-long production that celebrates patriotism.

The traditional unveiling of the collectible pin was held in Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi’s office with Freedom Festival Executive Director Paul Warner and pin chairman Bill Freeze presenting the pin Wednesday.

“The Freedom Festival is a wonderful Provo family tradition that celebrates the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” Kaufusi said.

Kaufusi said her own children have learned the principles of freedom through participation in Hope of America.

According to Freeze, the pin is available in three colors: red (Patron/Valor pin), blue (Leadership/Trust pin) and black (Military-Law Enforcement/Honor pin) and was designed by Robison Brothers Fine Jewelry. Individual freedom pins are available for a $5 donation.

“This is the seventh year of our popular Freedom Festival Pin,” Warner said. “We are very excited to honor ‘Hope of America’ which has been a part of our festival for 22 years. This marvelous patriotic production has blessed the lives of over 250,000 young people and their families and showcases our long standing commitment to the youth of our community.”

“Hope of America” will be held at 7 p.m. May 8, 9, 10 at the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University and is open to the public.

During the three nights, festival leaders will randomly offer 50 winners two free tickets to the Stadium of Fire featuring One Republic in concert July 4.

Pins are immediately available at the Freedom Festival Office in Provo. They will be available on April 24 at Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, Provo City Customer Service in Provo, Utah Valley Convention Center and the Utah Central Association of Realtors in Orem.