Noah Lewis does a reenactment of Ed Hector, a black revolutionary soldier that should have been given a medal of honor at the battle of Brandywine. He always points out that it isn't black history but American History. That we should honor those that gave their lives for our country whether they were Iris, Indian, German, black or white. They are all a part of our history. He always has the kids just laughing so hard one minute and in total honor and respect the next. He teaches the interns how to do the early dancing of that age and how to firer a cannon. He takes them out to the front outside to shot a musket rifle in honor of the medal of honor recipients that are represented at the Freedom foundation. Each state is represented with the names of those that have received the medal of honor from their state. That Medal of Honor grove covers 52 acres. After he shot his gun in honor he called Elder Anthony and I down in front. Except Elder Anthony had left to make a phone call so it was just me. He present me with a little Ned Hector doll in memory of him.
Then he asked for a speech. I can't hardly remember what I said it took me by such surprise. But I told him how much this time had meant to us and that individual like Noah Lewis and those that we had a privilege of working with had changed our lives and our out look on history. I broke down but what came out must have been okay because our professor today said how much he enjoyed my comments. Our interns started thinking we were really special. But most important they saw the impact that people can have on each other and that there are a lot of really good people in the world.
|Entrance to the Medal of Honor Grove.|
We also had a nice honor to meet Brother Perry. He is a member of the church and works on the board of the Freedom Foundation. He was there in meeting Friday night. He made time to come over and be with the interns and talk to them. He is the man that pays for this Valley Forge trip for the BYU interns three times a year. It is the first time we have been able to meet him. He was a mission president in Hawaii in the early 1980's. He is a wonderful man.
Today we went to Philadelphia. I always enjoy the National Constitute Center, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Reading Market. Elder Anthony couldn't walk much so we didn't do any site seeing but we had fun being with the interns until their free time. We walked over to the Reading Market and had lunch and went to Beiler's Donuts for a half dozen donuts. They are the best donuts you will ever eat. They are made by the Quakers right there and they are to die for.