Thanks to the generosity of one of Heidelberg University’s baseball families, the Student Prince baseball team and the university are preparing to dedicate a new memorial that now stands at Peaceful Valley, the team’s home field.
Patriots Park at Peaceful Valley honors all branches of the military as well as the soldiers who have served our country through the years. The dedication ceremony is planned for noon, Sunday, March 17, preceding Heidelberg’s home baseball game vs. Manchester College. The community is invited to the dedication and the game, free of charge.
The memorial is a gift from Bob and Julie Lowe of Naples, Fla., whose sons, Andy, ’11, and Teddy, a current senior, have had excellent experiences as members of the Heidelberg baseball team. Every member of the team had a hand in constructing the memorial last fall and completing it this year.
“With Teddy in his last year (at Heidelberg), we wanted to leave something at the Berg park that makes it uniquely different from other parks so that everyone would remember Peaceful Valley and want to bring their families there,” said Bob Lowe. “We wanted this to be unique to the ‘Berg.”
Additionally, the Lowes said their gift of the memorial is an expression of thanks “for the incredible experience our boys have enjoyed at the Berg.”
The memorial was crafted by American patriots, most of whom are veterans, and is constructed of entirely of American steel. It features flags that represent every branch of the military and the famed black POW flag.
Matt Palm, Heidelberg’s athletic director and head baseball coach, expressed his appreciation for the memorial and what it represents, and for other improvements to Peaceful Valley, funded by the Lowe family.