If anything else, archives are the documentary by-product of human activity and as such are an irreplaceable witness to past events. As the Library of Virginia seek diaries, documents and mementos from World War II families, they want to raise awareness that this is history and that this is the perfect place to bring those items. The Library states:
The Library of Virginia is collecting those memories, asking veterans, their spouses and children to submit documents, diaries and photographs that will help keep alive the wartime experiences of those 300,000 Virginians. Some 11,000 never returned from the war.
One extraordinary story that the library collected is about four brothers who left the coal mines of southwest Virginia for battlefields in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and New Guinea.
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