Date of OriginJanuary 24, 1969
letter, on White House stationary, to Henry Vander Linde, from President Richard Nixon. Nixon states “I wish you would express my appreciation to the members of the Holland Christian High School Band for their participation in the Inaugural Parade. The Band was a great sight as it came by the reviewing stand and I shall always be proud that they played such a significant part on the occasion of my Inauguration as President of the United States.”
Henry P. Vander Linde age 83, of Holland passed away peacefully Friday April 4, 2008, at Lakeside Vista Retirement Center.
Vander Linde taught instrumental music in the Holland Christian Schools for 36 years. A member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Vander Linde was named Teacher of the Year in 1968 and 1977. He was well-known throughout West Michigan as director of the Holland American Legion Band, which he directed for 40 years until 2006.
Gift ofVander Linde, Mary