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C.amey00MeksOff 0ral l-iist000:project By John C. Carney, Lieutenant Governor They have been called the Greatest Generation, and we are losing them at a staggering pace. About 1,500 World War II vet- erans die every day in this coun- try. A nd with each one who passes goes the story of what they saw and experienced as they made great sacrifices for their country. According to the most recent census data, somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000 World War II veterans live in Delaware. We need help finding them because we want to make sure the stories of what they did live on for future generations. Three days before Veterans Day last year, I announced the start of an oral history project intended to memorialize the accounts and ex- periences of World War II veter- ans in Delaware. Since that an- nouncement we have contacted more than 400 veterans of that war. About a quarter of them have returned a questionnaire devel- oped for the project. We are planning to use those questionnaires as the basis for a videotaped oral history as told by a handful of those veterans as well as a written document that will in- clude all the responses we receive. I'm working on this initiative in conjunction with Secretary of State Harriet Smith Windsor and the Delaware Commission on Vet- erans Affairs. The first step of the project is to contact as many World War II veterans as we can find and have them fill out the questionnaire. The Commission on Veterans Affairs has tapped its database and reached out to veter- an's organizations to identify ad- ditional World War II veterans. In the coming days and weeks, we will be contacting other communi- ty and senior organizations in an effort to find even more veterans. We owe it to the men and women who bravely served in so many capacities. We owe it to our children and future generations, who will benefit greatly from hav- ing access to the words and stories of these veterans. Delaware played an important role in World War II. Whether it was military personnel at New Castle County Army Air Base, Fort DuPont or the Dover Army Air Field or soldiers manning the observation towers along the beaches or women serving as air- plane spotters in communities like Arden, or local building ships at the Dravo yards, Delaware was active and important to the war ef- fort. And we sent our best to Europe and the Pacific to fight the enemy. We live in a different world, a bet- ter world because of what those veterans did and it is important for all of us to remember that. If we don't move quickly, how- ever, those memories will be lost. Many of these men and women have gone years without talking about what they saw and did. They are simply not the kind of people who look for publicity or reward. For some, it's painful to recall those days. At the project announcement last year, six veterans from Delaware joined me. Louis Spitz- faden and Werner Schlaupitz of Dover, Stanley Slusark of Smyr- na, Richard Drummond and Vaughn Russell of Seaford and John Ross of Georgetown spent about an hour or so with me be- fore the formal announcement, It was among the most intriguing and inspiring hours I have ever spent as lieutenant governor. All of them shared brief snip- pets of their stories. A few said they had revealed things they had- n't spoken about since the war and they found it cathartic. Any World War II veterans or others interested in participating in this project can call my office at 302-577-8787 or the Commission on Veterans Affairs at 800-344- 9900. ea3G.aB.L!', F=iy, 4u, a e: 18 r O ., , ttgt. -. e lit:, sb, ff, br,*, -The Laundry Room. The home is the heart of life. An ever changing story of ourselves, our family, our fdends. A welcome retreat where we protect, nurture and sustain all that is needed and loved. Let California Closets share 25 years experience with you to create the finest custom storage solutions for all the areas of your home. Live the way you dream. Call today for a complimentary consultation in your home. 800-2SIMPUFY * 302-227-7636 * www,ak:kmetll.cm 8(X)-274.67S4 CAI00ORNIA CLOSETS" q?rlrlllll ]l-I i TI I- l- -'rr[- Ueggs Hanes Bali Playtex & Socks Galore With Purchases Now Through June 14 Just in time for Father's Day, receive a FREE Champion Millennium Tee and Patriotic Bandana with purchases of $150 or more at any combination of Rehoboth Outlets stores. Simply present store receipts to Customer Service in Center 3. While supplies last. Limit one tee and bandana per cusmme Receipts must be dated June 9-14, 2003. Rehoboth Outlets" Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 302.226.9223 shoprehoboth.com Monday-Saturday 10AM- 9PM & Sunday 10AM. 7PM .... lnlTlllllillllilllFllrlr1EIlllllllllllllll [IT-IIIIT I]lll]l 11 R-