To the Editor:
I would like to apologize for being tardy with this letter.
Life on the farm does have its priorities; we needed to make hay while the sun was shining.
Never in our wildest dreams would we have thought we would have close to 400 people attend our Mooretown Monument Memorial Day Ceremony.
Often times throughout the existence of this country we have, as citizens, felt the need to bond and support this wonderful Nation of ours, this United States of America. Because of 9-11 this need has become even stronger. Support for our Veterans has always been an important part of our heritage, and is even more so now.
When a small grass-roots effort such as this restoration can involve so many volunteers, participants, guests and donations it truly verifies that the cause of freedom in our Nation is very much alive.
We even had a Bald Eagle make an appearance and fly over as God Bless America was being sung by the Community Choir. Many times in the past, Memorial Day has been observed at this site. Some of the older ones remember when the cannon was still being fired. With as much interest as we have had we hope to make this a yearly event.
The Mooretown Restoration Committee, in conjunction with the Ross Township Trustees, and the George and Glenn families would like to thank everyone for their support. The donations of so many individuals and businesses made this day even more special. Many helping hands worked to help the whole day run perfectly smooth. Listing one, with the fear of missing another, leads us to say there are very few who did not contribute one way or another. Our goal was to restore this magnificent local historic icon back to its original landscaped atmosphere and to save it for future generations for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy it they did.
Everyone had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We would like to extend a special thank you to The Free Press Standard and especially Bob Evans for the wonderful coverage you gave us of this day. We have received many, many comments on the great job you did.
Folks are invited to visit our new website at www. Mooretown Monument.com for a more complete list of donors and the names of those who gave of their time, energy and money to meet our goal. We will share pictures, articles and our interview with Kate McFadden, the Regional 11 County Director of Ohio Civil War 150. You can see our future plans as the Mooretown Monument receives some much needed
cleaning and repairs, complements of the Jefferson County Commissioners.
Donations are still coming in. If you would like to help with this worthy cause, send checks to: Mooretown Monument Fund, C/O Dessie Wade Pethtel, 128 Twp. Rd. 286, Richmond, Ohio 43944.
Curt and Virginia Glenn