Community Day 2020
September 26, 2020
The largest crowd on record came, lines formed all day as visitors waited patiently to view the west wing restoration by Ray Stojak, volunteer, and the 3rd phase of restoration at the12th Annual Holt Home Community Day September 26, 2020.
Clouds covered the sky at Holt, KY as guests ascended on the grounds.
United States Army JAGS in numerous numbers, along with patrons of history dressed in masks viewed the home that is no longer forgotten, no longer silent, an irreplaceable home of the people, where strong patriotic musical songs were performed.
Flora, Holt’s statue given to his mother stood marveling as the beauty was renewed by Charlie Corbett and a team of others.
The new play, “You Can’t Go Home Again”, written by Ed Ford of Richmond, directed by Warren Greer and performed by COL Lance Turlington, Larry Elliott and Judge Kelly Easton was a walk in history as a conversation back in time. The three actors portrayed Union Gen. George Meade, President Abraham Lincoln, and Judge Joseph Holt, respectively.
Today, the Holt Mansion started its new life as the people’s home of interest with the renovated interior taking place as a pride of the community. Distinguished speakers speaking heart felt words of success, promises of new hope, and key- speaker, the honorable Dr. John A. Roush 20th president of Centre College delivered a message of greatness of Lincoln and Holt and their ability of providing great inspiration from great leaders!
The presence of ten Army JAGS and families honoring one of their own, the most ever, partnering their gifts of selflessness honoring Joseph Holt as salutes were held high with respect. And visitors felt a tearful precession during the wreath-laying honoring the legacy of the one who developed the JAG Corps as they listened to the playing of Taps.
Dancers, singers, bands, and re-enactors were joyful in the period. And the afternoon continued with the beloved sport of the era of 1860’s baseball. Visitors took all the sights and sounds of families enjoying the kindness of others, and the patience of waiting to see the beauty that has returned to the area’s national treasure!
Highlights of the day was the work of the Friends of the Holt Home, all volunteers who completed another successful community day, as the home is touching hearts in the heart felt work of selflessness as a gift for the future!
Jason Flood Tribute
Baseball player, major contributor
Jason Flood, a key member of the Community Day baseball game, fell ill and died following Saturday’s game casting a sad mood of the festivities of the day.
Jason is remembered as one who loved the game of baseball and worked hard to make sure Holt Field was prepared and ready for the event he so loved.
All those who knew Jason acknowledged his appreciation of the Holt Home and the history behind it. He will be greatly missed.