My Father’s War: A Tribute to Veterans

Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Church has planned an exciting celebration to honor our veterans for Veterans Day this year. The celebration will include patriotic music and a special production from a Nashville theatre company, entitled, My Father’s War. My Father’s War is the story of a WWII veteran, who reflects at the end of his life on the war, what he experienced in war, and the sacrifices every veteran makes. It is a wonderful tribute to veterans!

This tribute will take place at First United Methodist Church (Ft. Walton Beach) on November 13 at 6:00 PM. There is no charge for the event, a love offering will be taken.

Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Church has planned an exciting celebration to honor our veterans for Veterans Day this year. The celebration will include patriotic music and a special production from a Nashville theatre company, entitled, My Father’s War. My Father’s War is the story of a WWII veteran, who reflects at the end of his life on the war, what he experienced in war, and the sacrifices every veteran makes. It is a wonderful tribute to veterans!

This tribute will take place at First United Methodist Church (Ft. Walton Beach) on November 13 at 6:00 PM. There is no charge for the event, a love offering will be taken.

My Father’s Way is written, directed and performed by Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer. Carol and Robert have over 50 years of experience performing in venues including The Kennedy Center, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and numerous art centers, treaters and colleges/universities in the United States. My Father’s War is the story of Carol’s father who enlisted in the Army Air Corps right after Pearl Harbor and fought in WWII. Carol writes, “After not talking about his war for 44 years, my father found real healing from his war’s invisible wounds by writing and sharing his story. Every word that is spoken by Robert, who plays my father, is straight from my father’s original manuscript.” To augment the sense of time and place, we’ve enriched the story with family favorite songs from the period. My Father’s War has been recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a wonderful catalyst for healing and dialogue.

My Father’s War, A Story of War, Survival and Grace is written, directed and performed by Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer. It is based on the memoir, “Ponder Anew” that was written by Carol’s father, Lt. Hershel Ponder. Carol and Robert have over 50 years of experience performing in venues including The Kennedy Center, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and numerous art centers, theaters, and colleges/universities in the United States.

My Father’s War is the story of Carol’s father who enlisted in the Army Air Corps right after Pearl Harbor and fought in WWII. Carol writes, “After not talking about his war for 44 years, my father found real healing from his war’s invisible wounds by writing and sharing his story. Every word that is spoken by Robert, who plays my father, is straight from my father’s original manuscript. To augment the sense of time and place, we’ve enriched the story with family favorite songs from the period.” My Father’s War has been recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a wonderful catalyst for healing and dialogue. Everyone is invited to attend this memorable event.

Rev. Amy Persons, pastor of St. Andrews UMC,” Our community has a long tradition of recognizing our veterans and their service with parades, with efforts to support growth and recovery through initiatives like Wounded Warrior, and with notes of encouragement and care packages for active military women and men. We are humbled by the opportunity to have Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer now share the personal story of Lt. Hershel Ponder in hopes that it will give us a deeper sense of compassion for those who have silently carried their memories for so many years.”

Saint Andrew United Methodist Church
2001 West 11th Street; Panama City, Florida 32401
amy.standrewumc@gmail.com
(850) 785-1564

Rev. Dave Barkalow, pastor FUMC, Ft Walton, “First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach is excited to offer this opportunity to recognize and honor our veterans. It is an honor!”