Happily Ever After for Heroes Military Wedding Giveaway Contest
One NH military member will win a free wedding day hosted by Cathedral of the Pines
As part of our ongoing mission to honor the men and women who have committed to protect and serve our nation the Cathedral of the Pines, a nationally recognized war memorial, has teamed up with several local vendors to give one deserving active duty or reserve member of the U.S. Armed Forces a free “Happily Ever After for Heroes” wedding package.
The Cathedral of the Pines was created in 1945 by the Sloane family of Rindge, NH to honor their son who had been killed in action during World War II. Twelve years later in 1957, after tireless lobbying efforts by Dr. and Mrs. Sloane, the United States congress officially recognized the Altar of the Nation at the Cathedral of the Pines as ‘a memorial to all American war dead.’
“This is an exciting milestone for us as 2017 marks 60 years since the United States congress recognized our Altar of the Nation as a memorial to America’s fallen heroes. It seems fitting to everyone here that we take this opportunity to get back to our founding vision and pay tribute to those Americans who give so much for our Nation,” said Laurie Kandoll, Executive Director at the Cathedral of the Pines.
The chance to win is open to members of all branches of the United State Military — Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard with New Hampshire residency. In order to be awarded the wedding package, individuals should visit www.Cathedralofthepines.org/heroeswedding where they can submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining why they should be chosen to receive our wedding giveaway package along with a photo or video. Nominations may be submitted beginning January 2, 2017, through January 20, 2017. No entries will be accepted after 11:59 pm on January 20th.
Three finalists will be chosen and profiled on www.cathedralofthepines.org and related social media pages. The winner will be notified on February 14th and announced on the Cathedral of the Pines website and Facebook page. The wedding will take place in the main Sanctuary at the Altar of the Nation at the Cathedral of the Pines on May 27, 2017. Couples submitting entries must be available and willing to have their wedding ceremony on May 27th.
Additional vendors will be added to the list throughout the month of January, but confirmed partners currently include:
- Country Bridal and Formal Wear of Jaffrey, NH – http://www.countrybridals.com/
- Coll’s Garden Center and Florist of Jaffrey, NH – www.collsgardencenter.com
- Rev, Bonnie McCarthy, Ceremonies from the Heart of Richmond, NH – www.ceremoniesfromtheheart.ws
- DJ Ray Ray of Troy, NH – email@example.com
- Bob Johnson Organist / Pianist of Rindge, NH – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lee Germeroth Photography of Keene, NH – leegphotography.com/
All couples not selected as the winners of the “Happily Ever After for Heroes” wedding give away are eligible for a 10% discount off of any and all services and products sold at the Cathedral of the Pines. This 10% discount will also be offered to all active duty, reserve and veterans of the U.S. armed forces to thank them for their service to our country.
The Cathedral of the Pines is a nationally recognized memorial dedicated to the memory and honor of all Americans who serve the nation. In search of peace we are open to the public as a place of spiritual, cultural, and environmental appreciation.
Situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of historic Mount Monadnock, the Cathedral of the Pines is a breathtaking open-air cathedral and meeting space on 236 acres of pristine New Hampshire forest. Our grounds are home to many historic monuments erected to honor the brave American men and women—both military and civilian who have served our country.
We welcome visitors from all over the world to participate in our events, to explore our extraordinary sanctuary grounds, meditate in our outdoor chapels and gardens, and to learn our history.
As a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II, Second Lieutenant Sanderson (Sandy) Sloane made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when his plane was shot down over Germany in 1944. To honor their beloved son and all the men and women who gave their lives in service to this great nation, Sibyl and Douglas Sloane III founded the Cathedral of the Pines the following year.
At that time Dr. and Mrs. Sloane envisioned a place where people of all faiths would come together in the spirit of unity and mutual respect. It was their the hope that interfaith understanding and appreciation would help pave the way to world peace.
In the 21st century the Cathedral of the Pines continues to honor the Sloane’s dream of a “cathedral without borders” with activities and events that celebrate their original vision.
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