Tim Gray Media’s Richard Winters Leadership project received a nice mention in the February edition of World War II Magazine. Our 11 year old fundraiser Jordan Brown was saluted by the magazine for his extraordinary efforts to raise money for the project. Jordan has now raised over $30,000 for the monument and film initiative. Thank you to Jordan and all of you who have contributed to this very worthy endeavor. Look for another mention of the project in the April edition of Military History magazine.
World War II Magazine
Fourth’ Grader Raises $20,000
to Honor War Hero
An ll-year-old Pennsylvania boy raised over $20,000 this fall to support the construction of a statue in Normandy of Major Dick Winters, the D-Day veteran made famous by the book and HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
Jordan Brown (above), whose home in eastern Pennsylvania is only a few miles from the farm where Winters, 92, lived, decided to start raising money after reading a newspaper article about the effort to build the monument, which will ultimately require $400,000 in donations. “He said, ‘Mommy, I want to make sure this happens;” Yasmin Brown, his mother, told reporters. “When he came to me, there was no way I could say no to this. There’s so much good in this. It was good on so many levels.” Jordan has raised much of the money by selling army green rubber wristbands, inspired by the yellow Livestrong bracelets that support cancer research, inscribed with the words “HANG TOUGH”-a phrase Winters often used in combat to inspire his men. His parents helped him get started by giving him the first batch of 1,000 wristbands for his birthday. “We need to thank these heroes before it’s too’ late;’ Jordan told reporters, saying his goal is to reach $100,000.
The Winters monument is part of an effort called the Richard Winters Leadership Project, led by a Rhode Island filmmaker, Tim Gray, and supported by many of the men who fought with Winters through France and Germany. “This is not a monument just for Major Winters,” Gray, who is making a documentary film about Winters’s leadership qualities, told reporters. “We used him as an example of what leadership was on D-Day.”The proposed bronze statue is expected to be raised in (2012) at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, a small town near where Winters and his company parachuted into France.
(Information on donating to the monument foundation and ordering a wristband can be found online at timgraymedia.coml donate.)