Giving a voice to WWII veterans

— The Manlius Historical Society and the Manlius Library proudly present an afternoon celebrating our brave, local World War II veterans at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20 in the library’s community room. This event will provide an opportunity for our local World War II veterans to give voice to their memories of survival and serve as the beginning of a community wide oral history campaign to capture the past before it is lost to current and future generations.

Local resident Robert Good, a 24-year reservist and Command Sergeant Major, along with Madison County’s New York Historian Matthew Urtz will present facts, anecdotes and military memorabilia telling the unique stories of some of our local World War II veterans. After a brief intermission, there will be a panel discussion with area veterans.

This World War II veteran commemoration initiates a shared effort to preserve the area’s rich local history. “Let Your Memories Speak,” a joint project between the Manlius Historical Society and the Manlius Library, will capture personal narratives utilizing digital media to link the past, present and future. Digital media allows future generations to “hear” history through the eyes of the veterans who lived it.

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