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Alternative Jamestown Event Organizers to Erect Jamestown Children's Memorial as Part of America's 400th Birthday Celebration

Contact: Wesley Strackbein, Vision Forum Ministries, 210-340-5250, ext 222, press@visionforum.org

JAMESTOWN, Virginia, Mar. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- Organizers of the Jamestown Quadricentennial -- an alternative celebration to the official Jamestown 2007 events -- have announced that they will be erecting the only major monument to be dedicated this year to the memory of the 1607 Jamestown Settlement. Paid for by the $1 donations of children across America, the Jamestown Children's Memorial is being carved by the same company that built the well-known Alabama Ten Commandments Monument. The memorial will be dedicated in June as part of the groups’ week-long festivities to be held in Virginia's Historic Triangle.

"The raising of rocks of remembrance to the glory of God has been a defining aspect of past Jamestown centennials," noted Doug Phillips, founder of Vision Forum Ministries and organizer of the Jamestown Quadricentennial. "This year, those involved with the official commemoration have chosen not to erect a significant marker to Jamestown's legacy, even as they have banned the word 'celebration' from their event. We believe we have much to celebrate, and we are honored by the $1 donations that the grateful children of America have given to fill this void and support the Jamestown Children's Memorial."

The Jamestown Children's Memorial will be a four-sided-monument featuring the Fifth Commandment, words of Christian exhortation from the visionaries behind Jamestown, and a list of providential accomplishments through the history of the settlement. The top will be crowned with a sculpting of Holy Scripture opened to Psalm 78 -- the text which admonishes fathers to teach the providences of God so that their children might have hope.

"The Jamestown Children's Memorial follows in the tradition of the great 103-foot-tall Jamestown Tercentenary Monument erected by the United States in 1907 and the Memorial Cross placed in the Jamestown Festival Park in 1957," noted Phillips. "Each gives glory to God, even as they remind future generations of the sacrifice our forefathers gave to pass onto us the freedoms we enjoy today."

Embedded within the Jamestown Children's Memorial will be a time capsule containing letters from today's children to the children of the twenty-first century. Plans will be left for the capsule to be opened and the letters read in the year 2107 -- at Jamestown's 500-year anniversary.

"One hundred years from now, America will celebrate its five hundredth birthday," Phillips observed. "It is our prayer that, on that great anniversary, the children of the twenty-second century will be inspired and encouraged to learn that a remnant of children from this generation came forward to honor their forefathers on the occasion of America’s four hundredth birthday celebration."

To interview Doug Phillips regarding his vision for the Jamestown Children's Memorial and the Jamestown Quadricentennial, contact Wesley Strackbein by e-mail at press@visionforum.org or by phone at (210) 340-5250, ext. 222.