Thanks to all that came out on opening weekend, September 9 & 10, for Bring Your Hero Days. (We are technically closed today, Monday September 11, but will be here between 1-7 pm if anyone would like to take advantage of yesterdays' special admission - youth ages 12 and under ($5) can get a firefighter, police office or veteran they consider their hero for free.
Saw some old friends from growing up in White Township and met some new ones, including one that knew my husband from working for him years ago. Nice to hear him speak so highly of Fred, not surprising though.
The kids enjoyed a history lesson and punch cards going through the mini maze. For each punch card turned back in we are donating $1 to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Local residents enjoyed reading thru some old letters from local heroes in World War II. These letters were initiated by a survey Pastor Lewis Grotenhuis (Fred's father) sent to World War II soldiers from Harmony. He planned on compiling them into a book, and also incorporated tidbits from soldiers letters into a newsletter he would then send out to them called Harmony Echoes. Each station in the main maze highlights different letters, newsletters and surveys returned.
We are working on digitizing these to share with those interested in reading some local history.