LaFontaine to honor veterans at festival

The LaFontaine Town Festival Committee would like to encourage the area of Liberty Township and the community of LaFontaine to start planning ahead for Ashland Days, LaFontaine Town’s Festival. The Festival is taking place on Friday, June 20 and Saturday June 21.

This year the committee has taken a different approach to the festival. It was decided in January that this year’s town festival would be dedicated to our local hometown heroes. The town is celebrating local veterans of the past and present at the festival.

As part of this event the committee has been putting together a local veterans roll call. To honor these veterans, the committee needs the names of those who have served. The committee has been collecting names and information by having several Veteran’s Coffee and Snack meetings. More of these get-togethers have been scheduled for the following dates: April 29, May 13, May 17 and June 14. The coffee and snack meetings are at 9 a.m. in the LaFontaine Community Center. Those who cannot attend can contact the festival committee for a roll call form.

In the Veteran’s Coffee and Snack the committee is hearing great stories of service to our country. The committee is looking for someone with experience to come to some of these meetings and videotape the stories. This documentation would then be submitted to the Veterans History Project for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in donating your time to this video project please contact Donna Pattee-Ballard at 765-603-8720.

Another addition for this years’ festival will be a veterans exhibit. This exhibit will include photos and memorabilia from our local veterans. Items are being collected and put together for the display. Photographs are being scanned for a slide presentation shown in the exhibit. Some items already collected are civil war items found in local fields. Additionally, we have medals and honors awarded to local veterans. If you have any items or photographs to contribute please contact festival committee member Walter (Bob) Couch or Donna Pattee-Ballard.

Part of the festivities will also include a yard and exterior house-decorating contest. The theme is patriotic or a celebratory representation of the armed forces. As you start choosing your plantings for this spring, think of these themes and plan accordingly.

This year’s theme should also make it easier for anyone who wants to contribute to the parade on Saturday, June 21. We would like this to be a wonderful celebration of our veterans’ service and sacrifice. If you have any ideas or would like to participate in any way please contact the festival committee. You can contact the festival committee and find forms for the roll call and parade on the festival Facebook page. Members of the festival committee include: Ethel Eib 765-981-4054, Walter (Bob) Couch, Chris Hensly, Dave Mechling, and Donna Pattee-Ballard 765-603-8720.

Posted on 2014 Apr 22