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On behalf of one our donors, we placed this wreath at the grave Robert R. Graham, Jr., Cmdr. US Navy while at the Punchbowl National Cemetery.
The Faith of Our Fathers project is an ongoing work of Vision Forum Ministries to tell of God’s providence in the life of the veterans of the Second World War, to honor their testimony, and pass on their legacy.
Normandy: A Final Farewell
This June 4-6, Vision Forum Ministries will conclude our ten-year Faith of Our Fathers Project with a Final Farewell from the beaches of Normandy as part of the 2011 D-Day anniversary celebration. We will be there to give the vets who fought in Normandy a last goodbye — a great celebration designed to honor the soldiers of the Second World War, to link the generations of the present with the men of the past, to celebrate the providence of God through these men in securing freedom, and to share a Gospel message of hope to the veterans and their families.
To make this effort successful, we need your help. Your tax-deductible donations will allow us to assist some veterans to return to Normandy, pay for staffing expenses, procure Gospel films and literature to be distributed as gifts to the veterans, cover the costs of the Gospel outreach and celebration events to be conducted, and assist in film projects we will be producing so that thousands of families back in the United States who are not able to come to Normandy can benefit from the experience. Here are some of the activities your support will help us to accomplish:
1. A Special Sunday Worship Service for the Veterans on the Normandy Battlefield
June 5 is the day before D-Day commenced. For our event, this Sunday will be the occasion of a very special Christian worship service held under a great tent on the beach of Normandy. Jesus Christ will be glorified and worshipped, as we welcome World War II veterans and their families to give thanks to God, honor the dead, and celebrate the mercies and providences of God in granting victory over the Nazis and Axis powers.
2. A Grand Celebration of Honor for the Heroes of Normandy
Powerful stories and testimonials; visits from dignitaries and heroes; vintage World War II music; food; entertainment; and a visit from Winston Churchill himself are all part of the plans for a special celebratory event, free of charge for all World War II veterans and their families.
3. Recording the Testimonies and Legacies of the Last Living Normandy Heroes
One of our missions will be to collect and gather some of the most important stories and testimonies from World War II veterans that chronicle the providences of God — some never shared before on camera. We will interview the men and stand with them as they share stories from the very same beaches where they landed close to seventy years beforehand. Some of these testimonies will then be used to produce video products that will inspire Americans students and their families to better understand and honor these brave men.
4. The Creation of a Video Series with Study Guide Helping Families to Understand a Distinctively Providential Perspective on the Normandy Invasion
Our team includes noteworthy field historians who will be working with Faith of Our Fathers founder Doug Phillips to produce a series of videos and study aids that will assist families — children and adults alike — to better understand the strategic and providential circumstances surrounding World War II and the specific events of the D-Day campaign.
5. The Return of Some Special VIP Veterans
We have identified a handful of very special veterans from Normandy and the European theater who would like to return and who have important stories to tell. As God provides resources we want to help them return with family members to share in this important event so that future generations can benefit from their experiences and this Final Farewell.
6. Broadcasts of the Event Back to the United States So That Tens of Thousands of Families Can Benefit
Not everyone can come to Normandy this year. Thanks to the latest web technology, families back in America can experience key elements of the Final Farewell events including tours, interviews, special events, and video productions which tell the story of God’s providence in the Normandy Invasion and through the lives of the World War II fathers.