Heroes Homecoming IV Vows To Keep the Legacy of WWII Veterans Alive Through New Social Media Campaign
#LIVESFOREVER Builds a Bridge from the Greatest Generation to Today’s Youth
The time for this campaign is imminent. It is estimated that over 490 of these brave men and women are passing away each day. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entering World War II, the Operation Lives Forever campaign is committed to creating a lasting time capsule both online and in the classroom, locally and across the country.
As part of this year’s curriculum, the Cumberland County School System has incorporated special lesson plans to educate students about WWII and the brave men and women who served. “Most students today do not have a direct link to the struggle of WWII and the rebuilding of the United States in the years after the war,” says Dr. Frank Till, Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools. “The responsibility, bravery and sacrifice exhibited by our soldiers during that time are important values and our students are committed to learning these stories and setting an example for their peers across the country.”
All students throughout the county will learn about WWII and the “Greatest Generation” through daily school announcements. Special programs at the grade level include 5th graders writing personal thank you notes and 10th graders writing tributes that will be shared with local veterans. Additionally, all middle and high school students will be demonstrating their commitment to the campaign by decorating special school banners with the lessons and values they’ve learned from studying these veterans. The finished banners from each school will be displayed at local businesses and various events during Heroes Homecoming IV.
Enthusiasts of all ages can visit www.operationlivesforever.com to see these Cumberland County students sharing what they’ve learned from the “Greatest Generation” in a series of videos. Additionally, viewers can watch the first-hand accounts from local WWII veterans, who share graphic accounts of the war that helped make the United States the country it is today. Students and adults alike can contribute to this campaign on social media using #LIVESFOREVER.
The goal of Operation Lives Forever is to create a lasting legacy that will encourage other communities to preserve the stories of their living WWII veterans before its too late. “We recognize the students of Cumberland County have a special bond with the military,” says John Meroski, President of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “They understand the courage of these WWII veterans and wanted to create a living tribute that gives students and communities across the country the opportunity to join their mission.”
While the social media #LIVESFOREVER campaign is creating a virtual remembrance wall, participants are encouraged to attend the four-day Heroes Homecoming IV celebration featuring community-wide educational initiatives, tributes and memorials to pass the baton of the WWII veterans’ legacies to today’s youth before it’s too late.
About Heroes Homecoming:
Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County, created Heroes Homecoming as a way of showing recognition and appreciation to all veterans for their courage, their sacrifice and everything they do to defend this country’s freedom – now and forever. The Fayetteville area has always had a unique bond with veterans, as the point of departure and return for hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Fayetteville has hosted Heroes Homecoming since 2011, helping it to become the largest commemoration and reunion of its kind. This year the community will host veterans and families from across the region to participate in a three-day celebration honoring the brave men and women who served our country in WWII. From parades and student-led initiatives, to lectures and festivals, cultural celebrations and recognition ceremonies, all of the events at Heroes Homecoming recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of our brave veterans.
About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and leisure travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.