Service: more than a cornerstone

2017 Veterans

At Holiday World, we have four cornerstones: Safety, Service, Cleanliness, and Friendliness. Today, we’re thinking about one of those cornerstones just a bit differently. Service. More specifically, we wanted to take a moment to honor those on our staff who have served in the military. Continuing with a tradition here at the park, it was…

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Honoring 68 years of service

When you work at a theme park, you’re in the service industry. Given today’s date, though, let’s take a look at a different type of service. Veterans Day is a time to honor the service of all American military veterans. Our new Maintenance Director, Joe, comes to us following more than a dozen years in the…

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Remembering December 7

Bill Koch in Navy 1942

It has been many years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor – the attack that pulled the United States into World War II. A young Navy Reserve officer from Santa Claus, Indiana, had been called into active duty just a few months prior. Lt. Commander Bill Koch was sent to Pearl Harbor soon after the…

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A story from the 1940s

1956 Bill Koch with parents

Mrs. Koch just called and told me this little story; she asked me to add it to our HoliBlog: On Sunday, there was a knock at her door. It was an elderly gentleman, who asked if she knew the whereabouts of L.J. Koch, Jr., an old friend. She explained that he had passed away; he…

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