Village Church in Destin will have the official dedication of the Memorial Prayer Garden and bronze sculpture "Lest We Forget," by famed Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 27 at Village Church 101 Matthew Blvd. It will be on the north side of the Village Church grounds by the flag pole immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service.

The statue is set in the Memorial Prayer Garden and is dedicated to all present and past service members and first responders. Several local surviving WWII service men, law enforcement and local officials will be guests of honor during the event. The Village choir will perform the salute to the armed services. A few short comments will be made and a reading of a piece honoring our fallen, written by Ron Padgett, who acquired the statue and is the force behind the project. The event will conclude with a flyover by the WWII Warbirds.

The statue is a life size, 2,000 pound, solid bronze work by Schmalz, who has works all over the globe, including the Vatican. Some of his works have been personally blessed by past Popes. His works are a testament to the Christian faith and to the dedication of so many who have given so much.

The garden patio is made up of bricks engraved in dedication to loved ones past and present. Many have already been set with such dedications and bricks are available for purchase by anyone. All proceeds go for perpetual care of the prayer garden.

The public is invited to be a part of this ceremony of dedication honoring those who serve and give of their all. Please be part of helping honor these men and women — "Lest We Forget."