Local youths encouraged to honor veterans

Organizers of the Wreaths Across America Veterans’ Oral History Project are encouraging local youths to record an interview about a veteran and their military service.

Clallam County Junior American Citizens is sponsoring local recognition in conjunction with the National Wreaths Across America Project.

The purpose of this project is “to teach today’s youth to remember and honor veterans of the United States military and their families for the contributions and sacrifices made on their behalf to protect and defend the freedoms granted them in the United States Constitution.”

Interviews need to be completed by the end of October, can be either written on paper or digitally recorded and submitted no later than Nov. 1.

All oral histories submitted will become part of the National Wreaths Across America Educational Archives.

Youths do not have to belong to a Junior American Citizen club to participate.

Those who complete the project receive a replica dog tag with their name and the name of their veteran. A matching dog tag will be created and placed on a balsam fir tree on the tip land in Maine where balsam is harvested to make the veterans’ wreaths that are sponsored and placed on veterans’ headstones each December, organizers said.

An informational packet is available for participants that include hints for conducting the interview as well as suggested interview questions.

For more information and a participant packet, email to mtc1918jac@gmail.com.

Local Junior American Citizens (JAC) club members are observing Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) by presenting informational announcements on KSQM 91.5 FM. The messages were pre-recorded by the youths (ages 9-15) so they can be replayed throughout Constitution Week.

JAC is sponsored by Michael Trebert Chapter NSDAR.

For more information about starting a Junior American Citizens club sponsored and supported by the local DAR JAC committee, contact the JAC committee at mtc1918jac@gmail.com.