Nashville, TN (June 3, 2014)—Hummingbird Productions founder Bob Farnsworth has written a new anthem that will be performed by Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George S. Patton, during two special concerts in Normandy, France commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
President Barack Obama, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, and many other global heads of state are expected to join over 14,000 people in Normandy for a series of special events designed to mark the historic 70th anniversary over the weekend of June 5-8, 2014. Helen Patton, founder of The Patton Foundation, will be presenting a special music concert at Utah Beach on June 5 and June 7. “The Patton Concerts: Liberation. Reconciliation. For Every Generation” will present a statement of forgiveness and reconciliation by Ms. Patton, herself a singer.
During the concerts, Ms. Patton will welcome acclaimed European guitarist Thomas Blug of Germany, winner of the Fender Prize for “Best European Guitar Player,” and his international band, featuring Holland’s Sir Thijs van Leer (formerly of the Dutch band Focus) on keyboards. Ms. Patton will also perform the world premiere of a brand new commemorative anthem entitled “The Greatest Generation.” The new song was written by American composers Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird Productions, along with Darden Smith and Rabbi Mike Shevack.
Says Farnsworth, “This project was about far more than writing a memorable new song. Our goal here was to craft a very special musical ‘love letter’ to the heroes of World War II—the men and women who sacrificed so much so that we, their descendants, could live in a free democracy. We hope that everyone who hears this new anthem, ‘The Greatest Generation,’ will understand that this tune was written to thank these remarkable people who never gave up on securing freedom for millions around the world.”