LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A local library looked more like a military museum than a literary home Thursday.
The Lynchburg Public Library was the site for today’s a “scanning” event for the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citizens were invited to bring artifacts and documents from World War I and World War II.
The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission will conduct events like these across the Commonwealth as the nation remembers the 100th and 75th anniversaries of the end of each war.
The last American World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, died in 2011. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, citing figures provided to it by the VA, said only 496,777 World War II veterans were still alive in 2018. More than 16 million Americans served in the war.
With no remaining World War I veterans and a dwindling number of World War II veterans, many organizations such as the Library of Congress are working hard to preserve artifacts and record oral histories through programs like the “Veterans History Project.”