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ANGOVILLE AU PLAIN STAINED GLASS WINDOW PROJECT

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO PRESENTATION OF THE ANGOVILLE AU PLAIN DEDICATION.

The window installed in the church.
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Photo: Patrick Elie

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Photo:Patrick Elie

The window was installed in the church at Angoville au Plain in April 2006. 

Thanks to everyone for there help and the donations. This project would not have happened if it were not for your passion to see this project through.

Please support DHL by using there services!
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Through the hard work of my friend and neighbor, Dan Clifford, DHL sponsored the shipment of the window from my door to the church in Angoville au Plain!
 
DHL was the ONLY  international shipping company that expressed an interest in shipping the window. Please support them for supporting us and use there excellent shipping services when shipping your items.
 
Thanks to DHL the long  shipping delima has been solved!

A few years ago a call went out from Angoville au Plain, Normandy to help in the restoration of the famed church with the "bloody pews".
 
On D-Day June 6, 1944 and the days that followed, the church was used as a medical aid station by men of the famed 101st Airborne Division and more specifically two medics from the 501st PIR,  named Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore. The two men saved the lives and eased the suffering of many a friend and foe alike. Unfortunately, a small child from the village was unable to be saved.
 
Upon hearing the call, I contacted Hubert Achten and volunteered to design and build a paratrooper stained glass window to be placed inside the church there.
 
I cannot express what an honor and priviledge it is for me to donate this window to this fine project. I believe it will be a nice compliment to the other paratrooper window that was dedicated in 2004. (see picture below)
 
Let me explain what is represented on the window that I am working on.
 
The frame has 15 "medics red crosses" on alternating "Infantry" blue and white panels.
 
At the top of the window is the 101st Airborne Eagle head to represent the division. It was taken from the type "8" eagle patch.
 
Below that is the Paratrooper qualification wings to represent all troopers.
 
On the left side is the 501st distinctive insignia to represent to "Geronimo" regiment.
 
At the bottom is the head of the Statue of Liberty which is framed by the flags of the United States and France. This represents both countries as well as Liberty itself. Plus, France gave the U.S. the statue for it's Centennial in 1876.
 
The date of June 6, 1944 represents the D-Day date.
 
At the bottom is a ribbon that has the names of the medics, Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore seperated by the medics red cross.
 
Running through the middle of the window is a blood red ribbon with a quote from John 15:13 out of the Bible. It says, "No greater love has a man than to lay down his life  for another". The blood red ribbon represents the blood shed at the church.
 
At this time I have not chosen a background color for the window.
 
The window will be sealed in two solid panes of tempered glass so that reinforcing will not have to be used. This is the new way of doing large stained glass windows.
 
Overall, the weight will be around 200 pounds.
 
Without the help of the owner of ARTISTRY STAINED GLASS in Tempe Arizona, Roger Martin, this project would not be realized. Thank you Roger!
 
I would also like to thank Hubert Achten, Daniel in Angoville, Terry Webb, Mark Bando, my Mother who has been a BIG help, my wife Sandy who puts up with me and my trips, as well  and anyone else who has assisted with this project.
 
I am very pleased to be donating the cost of all goods and the time involved to build the window. However, I am seeking donations and/or sponsorship from Corporate, Associations or private individuals to cover or offset the cost of the airfare for two and the shipping of the window on the same flight.
 
If you have suggestions for this sponsorship or would like to donate to the fund for airfare it would be GREATLY appreciated! You may also contact me regarding donation to the church in Angoville to help with the restoration project. I will put you in touch with them at that time.
 
I believe that it is important to remember the men and the people of the "Greatest Generation" who sacrificed so much that me may live in freedom today.
 
Thank you,
 
Mark Patterson
 
 

The latest and near final version of the window.
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Robert Wright inside the church in Angoville.
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Mr. Robert Wright. Taken at the 501st PIR reunion 2005.

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Picture courtesy of Mark Bando

This is where the window will be going.
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Heartfelt thanks goes out to ALL of those who have contributed to the stained glass window project!

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Pieces of glass that will be in the window.

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The panel showing the two medics names and jump wings.

Progres on the window as of 03/05/06
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Pogress on the window as of 03/09/06
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The window at this point is about 80% complete.

The completed window
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On the right is Dan Clifford of DHL. Dan is the guy who got the sponsor for the shipment.

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