Metro Airport Military Lounge Hosts 2500 Travelers Since Opening

ROMULUS (WWJ) – Freedom Center, the new military lounge at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has hosted more than 2,500 members of the Armed Forces and their dependents since its official opening on Veterans Day 2011.

Ken Pratt, president of Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center (the non-profit organization which established Freedom Center), said the lounge provides a warm welcome, comfortable lounge area, free WiFi, hot and cold beverages, as well as invaluable personal assistance when needed.

“Although our normal hours are from six in the morning until nine at night, we have kept our doors open around the clock when troops have been stranded when flights have arrived late from overseas,” Pratt said in a release.

Located adjacent to Gate A43 in the McNamara Terminal, the 1,100 sq. ft. Freedom Center serves members of the Armed Forces and their dependents and is open to veterans as well.

Pratt said that Freedom Center would not have been possible without the support of the Wayne County Airport Authority and a growing base of corporation donors.

Additional information on how to make a financial contribution or become a volunteer is available online at


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