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Military Archivist Strives To Recognize State's WWII Veterans

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RALEIGH — Signs of bravery and patriotism are documented extensively at the

State Archives

in Raleigh.

From photos to letters to official military documents, military archivist Si Harrington has spent the past five years collecting memorabilia -- memorabilia he says needs to be preserved.

"These papers are valuable, not necessarily monetarily, but they're valuable because they are that shred of physical evidence of that person's military service," he says.

The Military Collection Project spans the 20th century, but Harrington's largest focus is on World War II. More than 10,000 veterans from North Carolina alone died in that war. Those who survived are in an age group that is rapidly dwinding.

While Harrington races the clock, he knows the only way he will succeed is with the public's help.

"The least we can do to honor their service and their sacrifice is to save their pictures and photos," Harrington says.

If you or a member of your family is a World War II veteran and you have memorabilia you would like to donate, you can send it to the Military Collection Project at 109 East Jones Street in Raleigh. You can also call




Laurie Clowers, Reporter
Lynn French, Photographer
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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