GLENVILLE - In September 2011, Glenville State College established the West Virginia Veteran's Legacy Project, which builds on the college's World War II Heroes Project that preserves the experiences of West Virginia veterans from that war.
The West Virginia Veteran's Legacy Project focuses on collecting, preserving and broadcasting stories of West Virginia war veterans who served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War as well as the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Historically, West Virginia has had and continues to have the highest per capita military service rate in the United States.
More than 200 interviews with veterans and family and friends of deceased veterans have been conducted for the project. The stories they tell and the memories they reveal are creating a living picture of the brutality, confusion and sacrifices of war.
The project has resulted in the publishing of a book and the production of a film documentary that highlights many of the veterans who have participated in this extensive endeavor.
The documentary "Tradition of Service" is approximately 50 minutes long and gives a brief overview of West Virginians' history of service in the military, while including actual interview material and photographs from the West Virginia Veteran's Legacy Project. The documentary was shown on West Virginia PBS during November 2012. DVDs of the documentary can be purchased for $10 each.
The book "Heroes Among Us-A Tradition of Service" is a collection of photographs, both new and old, with succinct vet quotes and short stories that have been collected by the project. Wood County resident Willodeane Brady of Walker is featured in the book. Copies of the book may be purchased for $10 each.
Purchases may be made at the GSC Foundation Office in the Heflin Administration Building. Orders may also be mailed to you by contacting Michelle Clowser at www.Michelle.Clowser@ glenville.edu or by calling 304-462-6380. A $2.50 base shipping charge does apply to all mail orders.
The GSC West Virginia Veteran's Legacy Project has also created a traveling photo exhibit, which is now on display at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The photo exhibit and a traveling historical display are both available free of charge for display at other health care facilities, businesses, libraries, events and organizations' meeting areas. To reserve the exhibits, contact the GSC Public Relations and Marketing Department at 304-462-4115.