The second edition of the war stories booklet was very well received at a presentation to the storytellers at the Napier RSA 13 November, followed by a delicious morning tea.
Thanks go to the Napier RSA for their major efforts getting the stories set out and printed in book form. Thanks also go to Wendy McKenty, from Literacy Aotearoa, for her tireless efforts ensuring the volunteers are well schooled in interviewing procedures, research, grammar, spelling and story layouts.
All (but a few) storytellers in the latest book are over 90. Sadly one passed away just weeks before. These stories, therefore, are an important legacy to capture, the more personal experiences the veterans and those affected by war lived through in times of conflict.
I know I speak for the volunteers in saying, it has been indeed a privilege meeting the storytellers, listening to their stories and endeavoring to be as accurate as possible putting their experiences into print.
Once we gained their trust most were very open in sharing the good and bad. We never cease to be amazed at their memory of events, which is obviously still fresh today as it was all those years ago. We are grateful for them sharing their war stories with us. A truly enriching and humbling experience.
To quote the RSA – They will be remembered.