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“Message in a Bottle” Living Art Installation

November 11, 2023

Hometown Hero First Lieutenant Noel Emerson Shoup

A Glowing Tribute to Our Nation’s Heroes

On the special occasion of Veterans Day, join us at the historic Hood County Courthouse for a unique living art experience. The Granbury Winter Wine Walk proudly presents the “Message in a Bottle” living art installation, offering a luminous and heartfelt tribute to our beloved veterans and first responders.

How It Works

  1. Visit the “Honoring Hometown Heroes” Booth
    Engage with members of the Granbury Military Officers Association of America and learn more about our mission.
  2. Pen Your Tribute
    Write a personal message of gratitude, be it for a specific hero or a general token of appreciation.
  3. Create Your Bottle
    Your message will be sealed in an empty wine bottle, weighted with sand. Each bottle will be beautifully illuminated with a tiny light and garnished with a miniature American flag.
  4. Be Part of the Living Art
    As the festival unfolds, watch as these bottles come together around the Hood County Courthouse, forming a radiant display of our collective respect and admiration for our nation’s defenders.

Take Home Your Artwork

After 8:45 pm, attendees are invited to collect and keep their bottled messages as a reminder of the special day and the gratitude shared. Remaining bottles will be gathered by 9:40 pm and stored safely off-site.

Join Us in Gratitude

This Veterans Day, amid the vibrant festivities of the Winter Wine Walk, take a moment to express your thanks and craft a shining beacon of support and remembrance.

What is Hometown Heroes?

“Honoring The Hometown Heroes of Hood County Texas and Beyond”

An example of the impact of this organization can be described in a most recent story of a WWII Pilot from Dublin, Texas whose remains were identified as recently as April 2023. A Hometown Heroes banner was made and the family was contacted in his name thanks to Sponsors and the Hometown Heroes Foundation.

“Noel Emerson Shoup was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Erath County, Texas. He died Feb. 28, 1944, near Le Translay, Somme, Picardie, France. He will be interred in the Upper Greens Creek Cemetery Sept. 11, 2023. Noel attended school in Erath County, graduating from Dublin High School in 1936. Read More…

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