Patriotic Productions is a non-profit 501 c. 3. organization founded by Bill & Evonne Williams of Omaha, NE, who have a desire to honor the United States military and share that opportunity with others who wish to do the same.
Patriotic Productions has organized and raised funds that have taken over 3,500 WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C. from 2008 to 2019.
The flights spurred an interest in creating more events and opportunities to honor our country’s veterans and their families, as did the Williamses four sons, who have changed their family’s legacy to that of one serving in the military. Bill and Evonne are not veterans, nor do they come from military families. But their four sons have all volunteered to serve our country; two soldiers and two Marines.
The Williamses were inspired to create Remembering Our Fallen in the fall of 2010. 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, and to remind 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. The inspiration for this project came after reading a story in the Omaha World-Herald 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 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 traveling photo 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 the next few years they decided to create memorials for other states as well.
After completing 19 state memorials, the focus shifted to one National Memorial that encompasses the Fallen from across the country. This National Memorial was unveiled in September 2017 at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and continues to tour the nation (schedule here), giving Americans across the country the opportunity to honor our Fallen.