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Former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan helped cut the ribbon for a new exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids Saturday Former NASA astronaut Gene Cernan helped cut the ribbon for a new exhibit at the National Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids Saturday
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

It was a celebration of freedom Saturday at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids. Former NASA astronaut and Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan helped cut the ribbon for the new Faces of Freedom exhibit.

Cernan is the son of Czech and Slovak parents and has a personal connection to the exhibit, which features artifacts, clothing, pictures and stories of people who came to the U.S. for the freedoms and opportunities many of us take for granted.

"Some of the exhibits here are important to all Americans particularly the young Americans, folks of your generation because we assume and we take for granted so many of the opportunities we have in this life," said Cernan.

Faces of Freedom is a new, permanent exhibit at the museum with more than 7,000 square feet of space.

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