“These are not stories; I have lived this,” said Gene Beauchamp as he finished telling the story of the things he carried.
The Pacific Flyway Quilters have quilted a unique treasure that will be auctioned off during the Virginia Read Day event, a quilt that tells the tale of a soldier past – the stories of the things they carried.
Keeping to the event theme, quilters stitched a patriotic quilt.
Dozens of Colusa County Veterans and family members came out to a special recording event where each had a turn to record their story, and tell of the things that they carried.
Some told solemn tales of the Vietnam War, and the Battle of Grenada, while others told their stories and expressed the importance of the items that they carried.
From rosary beads, bibles, coins, photographs, and found objects, these things meant a lot to these soldiers, a sense of home, a sense of belonging at a time of war.
The Virginia Read Day event will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 where the special ‘The Things They Carried” quilt will be raffled, the winner getting a beautiful quilt and a treasure of stories, digitally archived for many years to come.
“This is a very special quilt, and the winner will have a true treasure,” said quilt shop owner, Carol Lindquist.
Straying away from classic literature, the Virginia Read committee selected the modern classic, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.
O’Brien knows the horrors of war, the boredom of war, and the chaos and cruelty of war – all of which war soldiers carry home with them; all of which why he tells the stories of war, the human moments.
“It’s not just the physical and mental moments,” said O’Brien, “It’s the spiritual moments and the moments of peace.”
On Saturday, April 25, 2015 the Virginia Read Day begins at 1:00 PM at the Colusa Veterans Hall, 108 E. Main Street, with a book presentation and discussion lead by Professor, Cheryl Spector from CSU Northridge. Then at 4:00 PM a gathering will be held at the Virginia Read Room, 735 Main Street, with a sharing of Vietnam Stories through photos, maps, books and local veterans. The evening will finish at the Colusa Theatre, 513 Market Street, with a showing of “Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam”.
On Thursday, April 30, the Virginia Read event will conclude with a special creative writing presentation with Tim O’Brein discussing the important aspect of storytelling and creative writing.
“The Things They Carried” is available at Davison Drugs or on Amazon.com.