Not all heroes wear capes. Some don fire helmets, shiny badges or camouflage combat boots. The Science Center of Iowa is hosting a special event today (Saturday) to give a pat on the back to the sometimes-forgotten folks in Iowa who help preserve our homes, lives and freedoms. The Science Center’s spokeswoman Sally Dix says the event is called Hometown Heroes Day. “There’s a lot of talk right now about heroes in our community, with ‘Superman Returns’ opening up, and we want to take a minute to recognize all of the real heroes who do great things every day for us,” Dix says. She says there are two events scheduled that will honor the local community leaders. From 8 to 10 AM, the Science Center is hosting a breakfast as an opportunity to meet policemen, firefighters and military personnel for a more intimate look at the hometown heroes. Aside from that gathering, Dix says everyone who visits the Des Moines facility will get the chance for a hands-on look at some of the real-life heroes’ tools of their trades. There will be an ambulance, a fire truck and the Des Moines Police Department’s Corvette Cruiser will be parked in the middle of the Science Center for people to explore. As for fictional heroes, “Superman Returns,” featuring Iowa native Brandon Routh as the new Man of Steel, is showing on the center’s IMAX screen. For more information, surf to www.sciowa.org.
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