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Book launch for "The Sacred Acre" in Parkersburg

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -

Friday night, the community of Parkersburg celebrated the memory and influence of their fallen Falcon -- football coach Ed Thomas. 

Thomas was a leader not only on the football field, but also in his community.  He rallied Parkersburg to rebuild after the EF-5 tornado that wiped out a third of the town on May 25, 2008.
He died after being gunned down by one of his former players one year later.

But his presence and impact lives on in the community.

A 45 minute program celebrated the release of the book about Ed Thomas and his family, held at the Aplington-Parkersburg High School.  Governor Terry Branstad and Senator Charles Grassley were in attendance.

Also there to emcee the event was KWWL Sports Director Rick Coleman, who knew Coach Thomas and his family through coverage on Iowa's Newschannel over the years. 
Newschannel 7's John Wilmer is a former player of Ed Thomas, and also was at the program.

Thomas was a man who spent his life inspiring others.
Although he is gone, his story will live on.

The Sacred Acre, The Story of Ed Thomas was released this week, giving a wider audience the change to get to know Ed Thomas... And what he believed in.

While football was a big part of Coach Thomas's life, it wasn't what made him the man he was.

It was his deep faith - that pushed him to always see the best in people, and help those in need.

The Sacred Acre hit bookstore shelves last Tuesday, August 16th.
Friday the book was on sale for $20.
For every book sold Friday at the program -$1 goes to the Ed Thomas Family Foundation.

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