I realize that the community does not, as of yet, have adequate resources but I would like to raise the idea of a pet project that has been running around in my mind for months; I call it Rendering Honors.
Rendering Honors would be a documentary about the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign and its multi-year campaign to have the Department of Veterans Affairs recognize the Pentacle and the ongoing saga of obtaining appropriate symbols for Druids and Heathers as well. I imagine this as a 48 minute documentary (1 hour on television on radio) examining not only the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign but precursors such as the Isis Invicta Military Mission and the Military Pagan Networks efforts along with contemporary actions of the Lady Liberty League and The Aquarian Tabernacle Church.
The primary would be on the efforts of two widows, Rosemay Kooiman and Roberta Stewart, to have a headstone with a Pentacle placed in the name of their husbands. CPL Abraham Kooiman was a World War II infantryman who won the Bronze Star on his way from Normandy to Germany and who died peacefully in 2001. SGT Patrick Stewart was a helicopter crew chief whose Chinook helicopter was shot down over the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005.
I see a large part of the program being made up of interviews including those with Roberta Stewart and the children of Abraham and Rosemary Kooiman. Also included will be interviews with Selena Fox, Pete Pathfinder, and me, along with representatives of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additional footage would include shots of some of the Pagan veterans headstones around the country, comments from Pagans currently serving in the military and with Pagan veterans and, very importantly, footage of various politicians attacking Pagans, Paganism and Pagan service in the military.
I see this project being produced jointly by the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign, Pagan Veterans of the United States of America and private donors. Any person or group contributing $500 or more will be named in the credits, as will all of those who make major contributions in other ways.
Comments or suggestions???