FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2013
Glenville, WV—The West Virginia Department of Education’s annual West Virginia State Social Studies Fair and History Day will take place on Friday, April 26th at the Charleston Civic Center. Over five hundred middle/high school students from across the state are expected to attend.
Glenville State College’s ‘West Virginia Veteran’s Legacy Project’ (WVVLP) will have a display at the event. The WVVLP 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.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity to teach these students about the dedication and sacrifice of our West Virginia veterans and how important their service has been to our state and country,” said GSC Major Gifts Officer Dr. Bob Henry Baber.
Each student in attendance will receive a copy of the book ‘Heroes Among Us-A Tradition of Service,’ a collection of photographs, both new and old, with succinct vet quotes and short stories that have been collected by the project or a DVD of the documentary ‘Tradition of Service’ which 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 twice on West Virginia PBS during November 2012.
For more information about the GSC ‘West Virginia Veteran’s Legacy Project,’ contact the GSC Marketing and Public Relations Department at (304) 462- 4115.