What area does your base cover? Virginia and West Virginia
How many members does your base have? 75
Does your logo have any special meanings to it? Freedom Base’s logo is red, white, and blue, and represents the colors of the United States flag and the struggle for freedom against tyranny. Ashley Byram designed the Freedom Base logo and at the time the Base felt this was especially appropriate as Washington DC, the capital of the United States, was within the Base’s area. Even though DC is now a part of Terrapin Base, we have decided to keep to the red, white and blue format because of its symbology to the Rebellion staying true to its cause of freeing systems from the rule of the Empire.
Does your base have a favorite charity or annual event? Freedom Base has been active on the charity front throughout the years, participating in Toys-For-Tots, Relay For Life, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism awareness and Special Olympics events across Virginia. We also work closely with our 501st Garrison Tyranus brethren for hospital visits and Make A Wish events, and so much more. The members of Freedom Base are always ready and willing to help those in need and they show it whenever called to duty! It is a wonderful feeling to be there for the kids and parents that are experiencing life altering events to be able to bring a little light back into their day.
What are some recent events you’ve had? Freedom Base has had a lot of activity over the years. Base members have attended many conventions across the state, region and U.S., including Dragon*Con, Star Wars Celebrations, Awesomecon, Virginia Comic Con, Madicon, Ring of Fire, Ravencon and many more. In December, Central Region plays host to the Dominion Energy Richmond Christmas Parade where Freedom Base, along with Garrison Tyranus, Firestorm Clan Mandalorian Mercs, and local R2 Builders has been marching since 2008 and have been invited back each year. This is a 2.5 mile march down Broad Street, in front of up to 250,000 fans lined up along the route. We even have our own fan group with signs for the groups every year. The Base has also participated in parades in Raleigh, NC; Tega Cay, SC; Annandale, VA; Virginia Beach, VA. In addition, Freedom Base has participated in events such as comic book shop openings, John Williams-themed symphony events, and our largest one day event, the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s annual Air-and-Scare event, This Halloween themed event attracts upward of 40,000 visitors and plays host to more than 100 members of the Rebel Legion, 501st Legion, Mando Mercs, and R2 Builders. Members of the base also enjoy traveling to neighboring Bases to participate in their events, showing that Freedom Base is always ready to help other bases make events the best they can be!