Cabarrus historians work to keep war history alive (N. Carolina)





Independent Tribune (Concord, NC)--Veterans of several wars gathered on Wednesday at the Wm. L. Whitley Sr. Annex Chapel in Kannapolis for lunch, speakers and a chance to make a video record of their war experiences.

The Historic Cabarrus Association's Concord Museum has undertaken a project to record local residents' war experiences for future generations.

George Patterson, a war historian, along with Jimmy and Bonte Kee, are the three primary volunteers working with the veterans to record the personal information.

World War II veterans are dying at up to 1,000 a day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

"You think you know the history, but you don't until you sit down with these guys," Jimmy Kee said. "That's where you get the history." So far, they have collected between 200 and 250 stories.



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