Toledoan and former Air Force B52 pilot Rick Hartley, left, makes a glass flower with the help of glass facilitator Brandon Price during glassblowing day for veterans at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.
It’s no secret that some of the most dedicated, mission-oriented people in this country are veterans of the armed forces.
Increasingly studies are showing that the best thing we can do for those who have served the country is to find something for them to occupy their time, whether it’s work, volunteer activities, or even hobbies.
With that in mind, the Toledo Museum of Art last Saturday provided free glassblowing demonstrations for vets. The event preceded Veterans Day and was a way to give back to those who served.
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It was an opportunity to feel the heat of the glass furnaces, get hands-on with the heavy duty tools of the trade, and walk away with a glass flower or paperweight.
Navy veteran Chuck Nichols was there to show off the ships in a bottle that he has made. Men and women from various branches of service and of all ages tried their hand at the craft with the help of museum facilitators.
The end result was an experience that proved you get something in return when you serve your country.