Young Americans Remember "Freedom Is Not Free" as Memorial Day Approaches

Generation Opportunity Launches Online Homepage With Scroll for Those Seeking to Publicly Thank Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Arlington, Virginia, UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Generation Opportunity today launched an online scroll for Americans to sign to thank the brave men and women who have selflessly served the nation and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our enduring freedoms. The effort for Memorial Day 2012 – called "Freedom Is Not Free" – gained immediate attention and support across the country.

"On Memorial Day, families across the country will remember loved ones and relatives who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms. Sharing in that remembrance will be many, many young Americans who honor and deeply respect those from their own generation and previous generations who gave everything for Americans to remain free. We are grateful to those who have taken the time to join our efforts to reaffirm the significance of this day through our 'Freedom Is Not Free' scroll, and we encourage every American, in any way they can, to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day," said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and a former Chief of Staff to Major General Douglas O'Dell, USMC (Ret.) at the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Earlier this year, Generation Opportunity successfully conducted an online initiative entitled "Valentines for Vets" that provided all Americans an opportunity to send a note of appreciation and encouragement to veterans receiving care and or treatment at veterans hospitals and Armed Forces retirement homes across the country.

The Generation Opportunity team delivered the messages to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces at multiple facilities serving veterans, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Washington, DC); Armed Forces Retirement Home (Gulfport, MS); Veterans in Partnership (VISN) 11 Healthcare Network (Ann Arbor, MI); Miami VA Healthcare System (Miami, FL); VA Southwest Health Care Network (Mesa, AZ); Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus, OH); and Maine VA Medical Center (Augusta, ME).

Generation Opportunity will scroll the names and states of "Freedom Is Not Free" signers throughout Memorial Day week.


  1. Go to this link –
  2. Follow the instructions and write your personal message.
  3. After submitting, your first name and the state you are from will appear on the scroll.
  4. For questions or other information, please email


Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization's social media platforms – "Being American by GO," "The Constitution by GO," and "Gas Prices Are Too Damn High" on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of nearly 3.3 million. All three pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.

Read about Generation Opportunity here; visit "Being American by GO" on Facebook here, "The Constitution by GO" on Facebook here, and "Gas Prices Are Too Damn High" on Facebook here.

For our Spanish-language page – Generación Oportunidad – click here.

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Matthew Faraci                               

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