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Veterans called to preserve memories

When the Honor Flight group from Ellis County visited Washington, D.C. last year, World War II veterans had a opportunity to not only visit the memorials built in their honor, but also to revisit decades-old memories.
This was a great trip for the veterans, and was just the start of their journey into the past. Many of the veterans’ experiences were too painful to think about at the time, and a lot of the veterans never spoke about their experiences of war until the trip. When the veterans talk about what they experienced during the war, it helps the healing process.
With the battles of World War II now over 60 years behind us, the first-hand accounts of this war are in danger of being lost if we do not do something soon to save them.
Thanks to Donna Emmert, who is the daughter of a veteran, veterans are getting an opportunity to preserve their experiences for posterity.
World War II veterans can come to the Ennis Public Library every Wednesday in April to share their stories. The veterans will be videotaped sharing their stories, so that future generations can fully understand the impact of the war and the personal experiences that went a long with it.
The Ennis Daily News wants to encourage all veterans who served in World War II to come to the library to have their stories recorded. To make an appointment to be recorded, please call Donna Emmert at 469-644-4004 or Retha Bigham at 972-878-5517. When the project is complete, everyone in our community will be able to view it at the Ennis Public Library for generations to come.
What started as a trip to take veterans to their memorials has turned into a movement. This will be beneficial not only for the veterans, but also all the people that ultimately view the project. We couldn’t be prouder.

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