Community Rural Arts Work League of Bamberg County (CRAWL) will interview U.S. veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10. All are invited to share military stories during the S.C. Arts Commission’s Art of Community: Rural S.C. Field School at the Denmark Train Depot from noon until 5 p.m. CRAWL wishes to collect the veterans’ stories for documentary and archival preservation.
CRAWL will collect stories from family members and friends as well as from veterans themselves, with personal narratives as defined by the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress Project collects firsthand accounts of U.S. veterans from the following wars:
• World War II, 1939-1945
• Cold War
• Korean War, 1950-1953
• Vietnam War, 1961-1975
• Grenada – History -- American Invasion, 1983
• Panama – History -- American Invasion, 1989
• Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993
• Persian Gulf War, 1991
• United Nations Operation in Somalia
• Haiti -- History -- American intervention, 1994-1995
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• Operation Allied Force, 1999
• Peacekeeping forces -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Operation Joint Guardian, 1999-
• War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
• Afghan War, 2001-
• Iraq War, 2003-2011
Veterans of these wars may also bring personal correspondence and visual materials that will be documented by photo and not kept as a part of CRAWL’s documentations. All veterans, regardless as to service during wartime, are invited to be a part of the Bamberg County Veterans Archives.
CRAWL’s Bamberg County Field School will host several other documentary recording sessions over the next 18 months. It will work closely with the Art of Community: Rural SC’s Field School (its parent organization), Appalshop and Denmark Technical College to collect, document and archive many citizens from the area. Other events will focus on families of earlier times, the railroads, Denmark as a thriving community, cooks and culinary of Bamberg County, religious diversity in Bamberg County and the next generation of Bamberg County. CRAWL begins documentation with veterans and veterans’ loved ones as a salute to all who serve.
This event is free and open to the public.
Stories collected may be edited to be used through rebroadcasting with appropriate releases. CRAWL acknowledges the service of all veterans and the sacrifices made by them as well as their loved ones who are willing to share their true and accurate histories for future generations.