CHARLESTON, W.Va. - After dozens of interviews with veterans from World War II all the way through the current conflict in Afghanistan, Glenville State College's West Virginia Veterans' Legacy Project is now publishing those stories.
Next month, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will debut the project's hour-long documentary, "A Tradition of Service."
Project organizers also are readying a coffee table book that features photos and excerpts from interviews with veterans and are helping publish a memoir by World War II veteran Warren Matheny.
The documentary will premiere on PBS at 9 p.m. Nov. 9. There will be an encore showing at 7 p.m. on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.
It includes interview footage with West Virginia veterans of all ages, collected as part of the college's oral history project.
Jason Gum, archivist for Glenville's Kidd Library and project leader, said copies of the documentary's companion book, "Heroes Among Us," would be available for purchase within the next month.
The book includes interview excerpts, along with photos of veterans, old journal entries and other artifacts.
"We tried to include a little bit of everything," Gum said.
Gum said the college decided to publish Matheny's memoir, "World War II Remembered," after he submitted a copy to the project. Glenville used private donations to print 1,000 copies.
"It was such an emotional story, pretty much his experience during World War II, we had to integrate him into the project," he said.
For more information about the documentary or books, call the West Virginia Veterans' Legacy Project at 304-462-6163 or visit www.glenville.edu/veterans.