We Honor Those Who Served

For more than four decades, Heritage has been the keeper of our history, a voice reminding the American people we stand for, and a defender of our nation’s founding principles. We remember those who have answered the call of duty by working tirelessly to preserve the country they fought so valiantly for so that their children and grandchildren could live in freedom.

Heritage Legacy Society member G. Greeley Wells was the young Marine who furnished the American flag originally planted atop Japan’s Mt. Suribachi during WWII’s Battle of Iwo Jima. You can read more about G. Greeley Wells’ Iwo Jima story at the U.S. Marine Corps website at https://www.marines.mil

Our Heritage Legacy Society—those members who have included Heritage in their wills, trusts, or other planned gifts—embody the spirit of honoring those patriots who have come before. Like those who have defended our freedom in the past, they are selflessly looking ahead toward the wellbeing of future generations of Americans.

Hundreds of Heritage Legacy Society members carry the memory of a loved one who has proudly served their country, and many have personally served themselves. Others recognize the importance of honoring our past and defending America from ruin. One thing that binds all Heritage Legacy Society members together is a profound love of country and the desire to keep America true to its founding principles for generations to come.

There are many ways to make a meaningful gift in support of America’s founding principles. A provision can be included in your will or living trust with the sample language below:

I give, devise, and bequeath to The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002 (here insert specific dollar amount; percentage of estate; percentage of the residual of your estate; or describe property) to be used for its educational purposes.”

In some cases, all that’s needed to create a legacy of freedom for America is your signature on a “Change of Beneficiary” on accounts that allow a surviving beneficiary to be named, such as your IRA or other qualified retirement account, insurance policy, or commercial annuity. Our Heritage Legacy Society team would be delighted to assist you.

An estate gift to Heritage is a gift to:

  • Honor our past and carry our American values into the future.
  • Serve our military in a meaningful way by promoting sound defense policy and military readiness.
  • Defend our Constitution from leftists seeking to redefine America.
  • Educate our leaders and the American public about our nation’s founding principles and why they matter.
  • Advocate for American exceptionalism and expose the danger of socialism.
  • Leave your own enduring legacy of freedom for future generations.

For more information about how to support our founding principles by making a gift through your will, trust, or other beneficiary account, please fill out the form below.


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