The Farm Progress Show that is underway in Decatur’s Progress City, has joined forces with Help 4 Heroes and History of the Heartland to show appreciation for the farmers who also served our Country.
“We are excited to have a presence at the Farm Progress Show to honor our farmers who feed the world and also put on the uniform to serve our country,” says Ayn Owens, founder of Help 4 Heroes. Help 4 Heroes is sharing a tent with History of the Heartland this week at the show.
Volunteers from Help 4 Heroes are on hand to shake the hands of our veterans, hand out “thank you cards” from the community and listen to the proud stories of their service to our Country. History of the Heartland is a project that records veterans’ stories of service in order to assist in preserving those military memories for future generations. Farmers are being given an opportunity to record stories of their military service and their ag service. For example, a participant might wish to share their stories of combat or a story of farming their centennial farm. Recorded stories will be put online this fall for all to enjoy.
“This year we look forward to acknowledging the generations of farmers that have also served in our military and plan to continue to do so in future years at our event,” says Farm Progress Show Manager, Rick Wild. The 2019 Farm Progress Show is beginning each day with an Opening Ceremony at Gate One just prior to the 8am opening. This year the Opening Ceremony is sponsored by Wyffels Hybrids and is including presentation of the colors by the Macon County Honor Guard under the command of Charles Loury. The National Anthem was sung on August 27th by Zach Garrett, on the 28th by Ashley Chapman and on the 29th members of the Mt Zion Swingsations.
In keeping with the theme of honoring our veterans each day, the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by a veteran and on Opening Day he was joined by members of the Old King’s Orchard 4H Club—one of few inner-city clubs in the country bringing Veterans and Agriculture Awareness together. Wyffels Hybrids will also be announcing their new program, Serving Those Who Served.
“Wyffels Hybrids was founded on the idea of serving our neighbors by supporting them in the pursuit of a more productive and profitable crop,” according to John Wyffels, President of Wyffels Hybrids. “After 70 years, our mission remains to relentlessly work together and serve corn growers. Serving Those Who Served gives individuals an opportunity to share in our mission of serving others.”
For the 2020 and 2021 growing seasons, Serving Those Who Served will benefit Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). HFOT builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. “As a U.S. farm family-owned company, we understand the value of independence,” said Wyffels. “HFOT homes help to restore much of the independence our Veterans lost so they can focus on their families, communities, and future.” Over the next two years, funds raised through Serving Those Who Served will go towards new HFOT homes for Marine Lance Corporal “Bobby” McCardle in Franklin, WI and Marine Staff Sergeant Dominic Fernandez in Lakeville, MN. Their complete stories are available on wyffels.com/STWS. The 2019 Farm Progress Show, Wyffels Hybrids and Help 4 Heroes express heartfelt appreciation to our Agriculture community members who also answered the unselfish call to serve our country.