PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg High School will participate in the fourth annual "Take a Veteran to School Day" from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday.
Parkersburg High was one of a dozen participating schools in 2009 and this year will join 13 other schools in the state recognizing West Virginia's veterans. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the veterans during the assembly.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller on Wednesday announced the event at PHS would give students a chance to record some of the stories of area veterans.
"During the past four years, the Take a Veteran to School Day program has become a success and made a great impact on the lives of the students who meet these heroes," Rockefeller said Wednesday in a press release. "This program is an important way people can pay their respects to the veterans who serve our nation. Veterans have always had my unwavering support, both on and off the front lines, and I believe they've earned the right to be heard and have their stories preserved for generations to come."
Inspired by the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, high school students and students from West Virginia University's School of Journalism and Concord University interview West Virginia veterans and record their oral histories. Those histories will then be submitted and archived in the Library's collections.
Out of more than 170,000 West Virginia veterans, fewer than 600 have had their stories archived in the Library of Congress. Through West Virginia's Take a Veteran to School Day program, more than 30 could be added to the archives this year alone.
The Take a Veteran to School Day program is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, as well as the West Virginia Legislature that passed resolutions in 2009 encouraging West Virginia educators to participate in future Take a Veteran to School Day initiatives.
The program's return to West Virginia schools is made possible by the West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association and its member companies, Suddenlink Communications, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Shentel and Armstrong, and the History channel who created the national initiative.
To learn more about West Virginia's Take a Veteran to School Day program and to view photos from events, visit www.veteransinwv.com.
The event at PHS coincides with a Veterans Day program by the Parkersburg High School Student Council. The council is selling American flags to be displayed around the front of the school's campus on Nov. 11 along with the names of honorees.
The flags cost $5 each and can be purchased in the main office at PHS, or by sending a check with your name and the veteran's name to Diane Cunningham, PHS, 2101 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Flags can be picked up on Nov. 14 following Veterans Day.
Money generated by the sale of the flags will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.