Crossing of America National Tour
The Foundation created the Crossing of America to raise awareness and support for America’s Real Heroes: our Armed Forces.
The Tour began on May 27, 2011 aboard the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego Harbor, and concluded on September 8, 2011, on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York Harbor. Two official Spirit of Liberty Jeeps™ were driven nearly 20,000 miles through 44 states and the District of Columbia during its 105-day trip and generated over $40 million of local and National media coverage.
Thirty-nine Governors and Presidents including former President George H.W. Bush personally participated in the Crossing of America, as well as over 1,500 Fallen Hero Families and 3,000 Wounded Warriors and their families. Also participating in the Tour were Medal of Honor recipients, actors including Harrison Ford, athletes including Sugar Ray Leonard, and other celebrities.
Operation Christmas Miracle – The Believe in Santa Tour
This trip brings Santa Claus and the spirit of Christmas to our Wounded Warriors. The Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s Santa wears a custom America’s Santa suit designed with official Army camouflage. He has visited military hospitals worldwide, including Kuwait and Iraq.
In 2010, the Foundation’s Santa visited our Armed Forces, during the holiday season, at the invitation of the Commanding General in Iraq, David Perkins. The Foundation’s trip was the first time Santa has visited our troops in Kuwait and Iraq. The Foundation brought personally signed greeting cards from governors and members of Congress as tokens of appreciation for the troops.
Last year’s gifts were donated by over 70 U.S. Senators, including Senators Harry Reid and John McCain, as well as by professional athletes like Drew Brees and Kobe Bryant, and professional sports teams from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, and the PGA.