June 14 - July 4, 2022
Cedar Rapids

Tribute to Heroes Dinner

One of our long standing signature events is the Tribute to Heroes Ceremony. This event recognizes the amazing heroes and individuals that have made positive contributions to our community! We were devastated to have to cancel this event in 2020. Because heroes were already nominated and selected before the cancelation of our festival, we made the decision to hold off the nomination process and to honor those heroes this year!

Due to continued COVID precautions, this event will be a private in-person event that will be recorded and posted virtually on Facebook on Thursday, June 17th at 7 PM. Unfortunately, no tickets will be available for purchase for our 2021 Tribute to Heroes Ceremony.

2021 Heroes Include:

  • Allen Stekl
  • Tracy Kading
  • Frontline Workers & Medical Professionals/Staff (accepting on their behalf: Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health; Al Ruffalo, Mercy Medical Center; Michelle Niermann, UnityPoint Health)

Heroes will be honored at our Tribute to Heroes private event, featured videos on KCRG, and act as Grand Marshall at this year’s walk thru parade (June 26th)!

Our Tribute to Heroes Silent Auction has been moved online this year! Head to www.32auctions.com/freedomfestival for a look at all of our amazing baskets available for purchase! Auction closes at 7 PM on Monday, June 21st. Winners will be notified via 32auctions.com and will need to coordinate a day/time to pick up winning auction items! All proceeds go toward our 501c3 non-profit organization! Thank you to all that donated items and bid on these items!


Atlantic Bottling Company, Cedar Memorial, Collins Aerospace, Farmers State Bank, Humana, TLC Associates, along with our Presenting Sponsor Hy-Vee.


KCRG, KMRY, and Z102.9