"Remembering Our Fallen" was created in November, 2010 by Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha. Their eternal hope is to honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to provide comfort to friends and family of the fallen, while reminding others of the tremendous cost paid by some. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken. The inspiration for this project came after reading a story in the Omaha World-Herald in September, 2010, about a father whose pain and grief were even greater four years after his son, SGT Joshua Ford, had died in Iraq. Why?
Because he felt that his son had been forgotten…and the war was not even over yet.
To that end, Bill and Evonne decided to do something about it. In November 2010, with the backing of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper and financial support of several sponsors, including Bellevue University, Bill & Evonne created a memorial called “Remembering Our Fallen.” This memorial included photos of the Fallen who had died in The War on Terror since September 11, 2001 and called Nebraska home. Over 325 family members attended the opening event. Another 750 people attended the memorial’s public opening and ceremony, and the memorial has now been traveling weekly throughout Nebraska since January, 2011.
Soon after the unveiling of this first memorial, Bellevue University approached Bill & Evonne to see if they would be interested in doing additional state memorials. After realizing the impact this first photo display had upon not only the families of The Fallen, but also the general public, the Williamses agreed this project should be completed in other states to remind people of the cost of freedom while hopefully helping to lessen the grief of the families.
Patriotic Productions is the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed with a mission of honoring the United States military and sharing that opportunity with others. Programs include: "Remembering Our Fallen," flights to Washington D.C. for war veterans, veteran interviews, and events with special guests to educate and teach others.