It's a chance to peek into the lives of the brave men and women from West Virginia who have served in the military throughout the years.
A documentary called "Voices of War" will premiere 7 p.m. May 28 at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Charleston's West Side.
Author Eric Douglas drove more than 2,000 miles, devoted more than 500 hours and interviewed 46 veterans to complete the history project that has evolved into a 48-minute documentary and 200-page book.
He began work on the project in February 2011 when he heard about the Veterans History Project in the Library of Congress.
"I've always been interested in the camaraderie that people in the service have," he said. "There is a connection there that the rest of us can't understand since we haven't been there.
"When I heard that the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress only had 20 oral histories from West Virginia war veterans, I decided to take the project on. I had just moved back to West Virginia after 14 years away and I thought it would be a great way to get involved in the local community again."
He plunged into the project with the goals of submitting recordings to the Library of Congress and giving veterans copies of their respective stories.
Douglas, a West Virginia native who grew up in Cross Lanes, now lives in Pinch. He holds a degree in journalism from Marshall University. He is an author and has worked for newspapers and magazines. He has also compiled documentaries.
While working on his recent documentary, he heard emotional accounts from veterans.
"The first veteran I spoke with was in the Battle of the Bulge," said Douglas, 45. "I ended up literally sitting at his feet on the floor for a while because I was having trouble hearing him. It seemed fitting."
He heard from Vietnam veterans about the way they felt when they returned home to face protestors.
Douglas felt it was important to capture stories from older veterans.