May 16, 2012
Many of you are aware of my ongoing efforts to restore and save the Medal of Honor Grove located at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. I want to let you know about a unique event that is being held this weekend by the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove, the nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and caring for the historic memorial site.
On Sunday, May 20, the Friends of the Grove and the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will hold the first “Heroes Day” event, a celebration of our nation and the heroes who make it great. The event will feature live music, good food and family fun. More importantly, the names of 35 posthumous Medal of Honor recipients will be officially enshrined in the Grove. These are heroes who earned our nation’s highest military decoration for their actions in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. They hail from 18 states. On Sunday, we will be honored to be joined by several of their families, as well as six of their fellow Medal of Honor recipients.
If you are not familiar with the Grove, I encourage you to come on out and experience it for yourself. The 52-acre Grove is located at the rear of the Freedoms Foundation’s headquarters, just off Route 23(the Medal of Honor Grove Highway) near Phoenixville. It is divided into one-acre plots for each state, as well as Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C. and an Ancient Order of Hibernians plot dedicated to 150 immigrants who received the medal but hadn't yet become American citizens. Each plot features an obelisk and metal plaques set in the ground, honoring Medal of Honor recipients dating back to the Civil War. It is a unique place where nature and history come together in a moving tribute to those who have received our nation’s highest military honor.
Those who pitched in at any of our cleanup events of the past two years may be especially interested in seeing the culmination of our work to restore the site to a condition befitting our nation’s greatest heroes and to ensure that it be properly maintained in perpetuity. We couldn’t have done it without you.
The first ever Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove Heroes Day is set for Sunday, May 20, from 12 to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The installation ceremony begins at 1:50 p.m.
For parking information click here. To visit the official Heroes Day website click here. For any other questions or information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you there!
Offices of State
Senator Andy Dinniman