The Virginia WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Scanning Project is a featured attraction this year for the 57th Annual Virginia Peanut Festival.
The Virginia Peanut Festival is Sept. 26 through 29 and will host the Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile exhibition created by the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission. The Profiles of Honor Tour will feature stories of Virginians who served in WWI and WWII along with artifacts relating to both wars and a full scale model of and M5A1 Stuart tank. The tour, brings to life Virginia’s essential role in world history.
In addition to the exhibit, the tour will have document scanning equipment, which is supported by the Library of Virginia. The project is designed to document Virginia’s essential role in world history. This is a part of statewide commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.
The scanning project, is a partnership between the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and the Library of Virginia, scanning documents to be archived in an ever growing collection of history, including photographs, letters and other documents contributed from around the state.
Visitors are invited to bring their own documents to be digitally archived. The items will then be displayed on the exhibit’s website, and permanently archived inside the state’s records at the Library of Virginia. Participants will retain their original copies. Items can range from artifacts, letters, diaries, posters, photographs, clothing, and flags.
Both wars weren’t just fought overseas, but from the shipyards, factories, military bases, and homes of Virginians. Since its beginning, the scanning project has collected more than 5,000 scans.
The Virginia Peanut Festival Committee has partnered with Greensville County Public School District as well as Brunswick Academy to help educate the younger generations about life during both wars and the sacrifices that many made.
The WWI and WWII exhibit as well as the scanning equipment will be at Brunswick Academy from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept., 27 the exhibit and scanning equipment will be at Greensville County High School. On Sept. 28 the display will be at the Richardson Memorial Library from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
If the scanning is a big hit and there are enough participants it will be considered to extend the tour through the final day of the Virginia Peanut Festival.
The WWI and WWII display, exhibit and scanning is free and opened to the public. Bring your items to scan and take advantage of this unique opportunity to preserve your loved one’s history by having it archived, have their story told, and shared with thousands and thousands of people.
“This is a great way for the public to participate and pay tribute to such a milestone for both wars,” Virginia Peanut Festival Committee member Maxie Moore said.
The Greensville County Chamber of Commerce, Moore and the Virginia Peanut Festival Committee is encouraging all to visit in hopes that each individual walks a way with a sense of honor, remembrance and pride.