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Glenville State hosts W.Va. veterans events this week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A documentary about West Virginia's veterans debuted over the weekend at Glenville State College, but there are still opportunities to see the film.

The West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project documentary "A Tradition of Service," which was screened at the college on Saturday, will be broadcast on West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 9 p.m. Friday and at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The opening of the documentary -- a part of the West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project -- was attended by about 150 local veterans, family members of veterans and others, said project co-leader Jason Gum, library associate for archives at Glenville State.

The project, co-led by Bob Henry Baber, major gifts officer at Glenville State, aims to create an oral history collection with stories of the state's veterans.

West Virginia has more servicemen and women per capita than any other state, Gum said.

Gum said many different factors contribute to the state's history of service. West Virginians value freedom, have a history of giving and "step up to the plate" when they're needed, Gum said.

Allegheny Image Factory helped the team produce the documentary, which features clips of 30 interviews done with West Virginia veterans, Gum said. Woody Williams, the state's only living recipient of the Medal of Honor, is also featured in the documentary. Williams is originally from Marion County but has lived in Ona for a number of years, Gum said.

"I would welcome every West Virginian to watch the documentary if they can catch it in those two days," he said.

The grand opening for a photo exhibit associated with the project and a book signing of "Heroes Among Us," a collection of photographs in book form that are part of the exhibit, took place Monday evening in the Glenville State College Art Gallery.

Warren Matheny, author of "WWII Remembered," will give a book signing at noon Tuesday in the Robert F. Kidd Library.

A theater production written by Baber will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Center. An encore performance of the production will take place at 7 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Center.

The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 304-462-6163.

Reach Lori Kersey at lori.kersey@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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