We just wrapped our first day in Henderson and phew, what a day!
After an 8AM wake up call, we set the document up in the Henderson Convention center. In the exhibition room, they had arranged an incredible display for us – draped from the ceiling was a sixty foot long American Flag!
Children from the Clarke County public school system began filing through around 9AM. They were an inquisitive bunch, asking how old the document is (233 years), if it’s the “real” one (yes), and most importantly – what I would do if they stole it? I gestured to my two armed officers in response, “Well,” I said, “you’d have to get past these guys first!”
As back up for the document’s security officers, we also had a fully armed Pennsylvania militia man in full regalia. He even had a musket rifle (unloaded…), which attracted the attention of the schoolboys in the group.
In the afternoon, Pearson Curriculum hosted a dignitary event for the Declaration and invited many local dignitaries. Among the guests of honor were Mayor Andy Hafen, Councilwomen Gerri Schroder and Debra March, State Senator Joyce Woodhouse, County Clerk Monica Simmons, Assemblywoman Marilyn Dondero Loop, and former County Commissioner Thalia Dondero.
After a wonderful celebration, we transported the display to this evening’s City Council meeting where the Council presented us with a Commendation for bringing the document to Henderson.
What an exciting and exhausting day! After 12 hours of nonstop action, I’m all set to rest up for another busy day tomorrow!