Making Memorial Day Meaningful for the Generations
Next Monday, please come to my farm and join hundreds of people at an old-fashioned Memorial Day Picnic, as we remember the fallen, proclaim the gospel, and seek to rebuild a culture of honor.
Also, please read this special Memorial Day note from my friend Doug Phillips:
On behalf of the the children of America whose future was purchased through your sacrifice more than half a century ago, we honor you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and purpose to pray for you throughout the year that the Lord would bless you and cause His face to shine upon you and all your progeny. At this crucial moment in American history, when the hope of our nation rests upon the mercy of the Lord, we stop to give thanks for you and all the fathers through whom the Lord worked to secure our liberties.
The Story of Liberty and the
For just under a year now, amazing letters and packages have been showing up at the home of Liberty Phillips. Some include beautiful notes written by hand. Others not only contain letters, but photos and memorabilia from more than half a century ago. The common denominator is that the senders are aged veterans who served close to seventy years ago during the Second World War. And they are writing to Liberty because she first wrote to them.
In the twelve months since Vision Forum Ministries travelled with these veterans to the beaches of Normandy to produce Normandy: A Final Farewell and D-Day and the Providence of God, Liberty has sent just under a hundred communications of personal and Gospel encouragement to them — and the responses have been profound, touching, and a present reminder of the importance that we honor our fathers while there is still time.
One veteran wrote: “I have a huge smile on my face, knowing that we are going to write to each other.” Another who included a beautiful keepsake for Liberty wrote: “Sending a gift from your Dear Olde Grampa.” And one man enthusiastically wrote: “My one-finger typing will make my right forefinger shorter than the others! Bye for now, your English Grandpop!”
Here is what Liberty’s experiment in letter-writing has revealed: These dear and heroic men need encouragement. They are largely unappreciated. They have been forgotten by many. Their stories are being lost. Each one has spent their lives dealing with the implications of their experiences in the Second World War, and yet today many are spending their final years alone and lonely.
This is one reason we are asking you join us by working to make this Memorial Day meaningful for the generations — for the present generation and for some of our surviving World War II fathers. Here are our recommendations for you:
Our Five Recommendations
1. Take Your Children through ‘WWII: D-Day and the Providence of God’
History teaches us to hope. Providential history teaches us to have hope in God. To understand their fathers, our children must connect with their history and understand both the heroism of those who came before and the mercies and providences of God. That is why it is so important that you watch WWII: D-Day and the Providence of God.
This is the first seven-part, made-for-television series and curriculum set which allows you to study and appreciate the epic events of the Second World War and D-Day from a distinctively Christian perspective. This homeschool study course is delightful, inspiring, and critical for your family to understand the lessons of our fathers’ generation and to speak intelligently to one of the greatest events of the last millennium. Learn about the “good guys” and the “bad guys” who made up the officer corps for the Allies and Axis powers, and compare their philosophies of leadership with that taught in the Bible. Investigate the spy tactics, technologies, strategies, and training surrounding the greatest war of the century. Join the thousands of Christians who have benefited from this exciting and entertaining teaching tool.
As a special bonus, everyone who purchases this set will receive a free DVD of our tribute film to D-Day’s heroes, Normandy: A Final Farewell — a $16 value. Read more about this important film in Recommendation #2 below.
2. Watch ‘Normandy: A Final Farewell’ as a Family
Make sure to sit down for an hour with your family this Memorial Day weekend to hear the story of a group of amazing veterans documented in Normandy: A Final Farewell. For the 67th anniversary of D-Day, Vision Forum Ministries journeyed with veterans back to the beaches where they fought nearly seventy years ago and hosted an unforgettable one-of-a-kind celebration that recreated a taste of life just as it might have been in the 1940s, singing the music of their generation and donning the uniforms of their youth. The three-day commemoration was solemn and celebratory, with special ceremonies on the beach fronts, visits to the cemeteries and battlefields, and a historic night in a Normandy chateau with awards given to British, French, and American warriors. This film captures the excitement of this unforgettable week and offers a clear proclamation of the mighty deeds of God at Normandy.
3. Write a Letter of Encouragement to One of the Veterans Featured in ‘Normandy: A Final Farewell’
Whether you have a special WWII veteran in your life, or you would just like to send a message of encouragement to one, we are recommending that you take time this week to draft a meaningful, encouraging handwritten letter to one or more World War II veterans. For those of you who have watched or will be watching Normandy: A Final Farewell, please write a letter to one of the veterans featured in the documentary and send it to:
Vision Forum Ministries
Care of Liberty Phillips
4719 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78212.
Liberty will compile the letters we receive from all of you and send them to the veterans as a special offering of love and gratitude.
4. Send Veterans and Veteran Families a Love Gift:
Announcing Two Special DVD Five-Packs
Over the years, we have received many reports that Vision Forum Ministries’ documentary films like Normandy: A Final Farewell and The League of Grateful Sons are wonderful tools for encouraging veterans and veteran families. For this Memorial Day, we want to make it easy for you to pass these videos out as gifts of generational and Gospel encouragement.
Through May 31, both Normandy: A Final Farewell and The League of Grateful Sons can be purchased as giveaway 5-packs for the super-reduced price of $40 each. Take these films and send them to friends, families, and veterans in your community.
Plus, as a Memorial Day bonus, everyone who purchases either of these 5-packs by May 31 will receive a free access code in their order confirmation e-mail to watch our “D-Day and the Providence of God” online tour. You can learn more about this fascinating virtual tour and study course here.
5. Be Part of The League of Grateful Sons 2012 — Join Us in a “Thank You” to Some Special Veterans
This year, Vision Forum Ministries will be sending a special “thank you” plaque to the veterans featured in our 2011 film Normandy: A Final Farewell and our 2005 film The League of Grateful Sons, and we want to invite the children in your family to join us in this mission. Make an online, tax-deductible donation of at least $1 per child by May 31, and your child will become part of The League of Grateful Sons 2012, with its mission to send a plaque and gratitude scroll to the surviving veterans featured in our films The League of Grateful Sons and Normandy: A Final Farewell.
To donate, select the “Faith of Our Fathers” fund from the list of fund options on our Donations page, and then in our “Optional Comment” field provide the name of each child who wants to be included on our gratitude scroll that accompanies the plaque. We hope to hear from many children from across the United States.