Dear San Diego County residents,
This missive asks you to go into your attics and garages, sort through your boxes and files, and find the letters written during war to and from our veterans and military members.
Mark your calendars for July 5 when "Million Letters Campaign" founder and best-selling author Andrew Carroll will be in San Diego to speak about the importance of preserving these pieces of history and collecting letters for the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. The public is invited to attend this unique, free event honoring our service members and their families.
This regional effort will be announced on June 29 on board the USS Midway Museum by San Diego County Board of Education President Rick Shea, who will be joined by other community and military leaders.
The goal of the campaign is to secure and protect at least 1 million pieces of war-related correspondence from every conflict in U.S. history, beginning with the American Revolution to today.
Carroll founded the Center for American War Letters, where donated letters are preserved and remain on permanent exhibit at Chapman University. He is also an author and playwright with a lifelong passion for preserving the firsthand accounts of war veterans.
Carroll will be at the San Diego County Office of Education Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 5 to share stories of some of the letters he has collected and to receive donations of war-related correspondence.
Members of the public are invited to bring letters or emails from any American war to donate to the Center for American War Letters for preservation. Photocopies and scans are fine, but originals are preferred.
What: "Million Letters Campaign" San Diego
When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5
Where: San Diego County Office of Education Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego 92111
Why: Come to listen to "Million Letters Campaign" founder and bestselling author Andrew Carroll, or bring war-related correspondence to donate to the Center for American War Letters, and honor our military members and their families.
Contact: SDCOE Communications at 858-292-3753