Upcoming Adult Events
All Adult Clubs are cancelled till further notice.
Serving Those Who Serve
History Buff needs your help telling stories of all 400,000 U.S. military deaths in World War II
DENVER (KDVR) – When you look out over the formation of headstones at Fort Logan National Cemetery, you likely see a field of heroes. But Don Milne sees thousands of stories, desperate to be told. And he wants to tell as many of them as possible. That’s why he launched the Stories Behind the Stars project. He has spent the last three years researching and writing about the fallen heroes of World War II. His goal is to compile short histories of each of the more than 400,000 American service members killed in that war.
“I got into this just because I started this as a hobby, just because my kids are older and I have some free time, every day I would write about somebody who died during World War II. I wrote 1,200 of those stories between the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the 75th anniversary of the signing of the treaty with Japan onboard the battleship Missouri,” Milne told FOX31.
In the end, he wants to create a searchable database and even a smartphone app so users can visit a national cemetery, scan a name on a headstone and be taken straight to a webpage that tells that hero’s story.
“And I think it will give (visitors) an idea of what freedoms we have in this country because these people paid the price,” Milne said.
It isn’t going to be easy. So far, he has only compiled about 1,200 profiles. So, he’s enlisting help. He wants family members and friends to submit stories about their loved ones who died. And he’s looking for hundreds of volunteers to help write about those killed in the war. Already people from all over the country and around the world have offered to help.
“They just visit gravesites, find a name of someone who died in World War II and write their story. It only takes an hour or two to write a story; we give you access to websites like Ancestry.com, newspapers, Fold 3. If you can write an obituary, you can write a story,” Milne said.
“We don’t have a lot of professional genealogists or historians that are helping us out. It’s mostly just people that have some free time, they love our country, they want to see these stories remembered, and so they’re writing these stories. It’s amazing,” he added.
His objective may seem ambitious and overwhelming. But compared to the goal the heroes of World War II set out to accomplish more than 75 years ago, he believes this is the least he can do.
“There’s no reason that in the year 2020 we can’t have gravesites that are more than just names on stone,” Milne said.
To volunteer as a researcher and writer, and to submit a biography of a service member killed in World War II, visit the Stories Behind the Stars website.
Adult Digital Learning Opportunities
Get Started on Self-Guided Computer Learning
DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-guided computer classes (see the library website online resources, computer help for additional resources). Featured mini-modules this month are: online-scams and introduction to Facebook. Each of these modules takes less than 20 minutes to complete click on a link below to get started learning. Please call (719) 783-9138 for assistance with questions.
Online Scams: https://www.digitallearn.org/courses/online-scams
Intro to Facebook: https://www.digitallearn.org/courses/intro-to-facebook
Social Crafting Meet-Up
The West Custer County Library is hosting a social crafting monthly-meet up on the last Tuesday of each month. The next meet up is Tuesday, August 25th from ten a.m. till eleven thirty a.m. Come socialize, while crafting with friends and neighbors to get projects completed. The library will provide refreshments please bring a project, grab a friend and join the meet up.
Sunday Westcliffe Community Yoga Class
Grab your mat and join us on Sundays for a donation based yoga class held every Sunday from 2-3:30 pm at the West Custer County Library Community Room. The classes are led by Terri Rowenhorst and Judy DeHaven, both are certified yoga teachers (RYT200). The two instructors have more than 20 years of experience respectively. Classes are sponsored by the Westcliffe Community Yoga Class and the West Custer County Library, donations collected benefit the West Custer County Library and partners.
The Scrabble Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 2 pm in the West Custer County Library Community Room. New Players of all levels are welcome to come play. Please direct questions to Sue Pelletier at (720) 384-6228.
The Custer County Library Chess Club meets at the Library Community Room the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Whether you are new to the game, looking for a formidable opponent or seeking to refresh your chess skills the club welcomes players of all abilities. Teens are encouraged to drop in and enjoy the fun. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent.
Book Club – Last Wednesday of the month at 11 am
Inter-agency Meeting – Second Thursday of the Month at 11:15 am
Scrabble Club – Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 2 – 5 pm
Chess Club – Second and Fourth Tuesdays 4:30 pm