Ishwar Laxminaryan – JDL
Director of the Jackson District Library
November 10, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
The Jackson District Library (JDL) has been very pleased to offer Larry Martin’s programs of interviews with World II veterans since August 2007. During this time, we have hosted a total of 17 programs featuring the personal narratives of veterans who survived major battlegrounds such as the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy, Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor. Most of the veterans featured are now in their eighties or nineties and greatly welcome this opportunity to tell their stories, knowing that they are sharing them with people who understand what they went through.
JDL presents “Larry Martin’s World War II: In Their Own Words” programs featuring these interviews with veterans have been among the most popular programs that the Jackson District Library has presented in recent times. A total of 2014 people have attended these programs since the inception of the series, and attendees have been deeply moved by the stories of these courageous men and women. Larry tells me that several hundred additional residents have attended other programs featuring World War II veterans that he has organized in the Jackson area. Based on overwhelming audience support, he has already begun work on planning his 5th season of interviews that will begin in September 2011.
Larry’s interviews with the World War II veterans bring history alive and are often enriched by memorabilia and photographs. Especially memorable for the attendees is the opportunity to interact personally with many of these veterans following the video interviews. Several veterans attend in full battle regalia and display weapons they used during the war as well as books and other publications that they have published about their experiences. Attendees have been particularly impressed by the strong camaraderie that has grown among the veterans over the course of these programs.
We deeply appreciate the dedication shown by Mr. Larry Martin for bringing these stories alive and are honored to be a partner in his efforts. Larry brings a wealth of knowledge to the program and has recorded scores of interviews with veterans over the past ten years. He passionately reminds his audiences that the freedoms they now take for granted were earned through the hard sacrifices of many thousands of veterans who fought in World War II. And Larry is tirelessly seeking ways to reach out to students in schools and colleges to make them more aware of the sacrifices and hardships made by these veterans.
I strongly encourage you to visit his website at http://www.Lmww2.com to learn more about these programs. We look forward eagerly to continuing our collaboration with Mr. Martin in the future.
Jackson District Library