The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Scanning Project will be a featured attraction of the 57th annual Virginia Peanut Festival set for Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 in Emporia.
The festival will also host the Profiles of Honor Tour, a mobile exhibition created by the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission. The Profiles of Honor Tour will feature stories of Virginians who served in World War I and World War II along with artifacts relating to both wars.
The scanning project will include scanning equipment which is supported by the Library of Virginia. The project has been touring Virginia since 2016, digitizing documents related to the history of both wars. The scanning project is a partnership between the Virginia World War I And World War II Commemoration Commission and the Library of Virginia designed to preserve photos, letters and documents from both wars.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own documents to be digitally archived. The items will then be displayed on the exhibit’s website and permanently archived in the state’s records at the Library of Virginia.
Festival coordinator Maxie Moore said this presents a great opportunity for festival goers to remember the sacrifice made in both wars. He encourages visitors to view the mobile exhibit and participate in the scanning project.
“We hope they will visit and walk away with a sense of honor, remembrance and pride,” Moore said.
The festival will also include arts and crafts, educational exhibits, a parade, live musical entertainment throughout the weekend, tractor displays, a golf tournament and popular festival foods as well as carnival attractions.
Activities begin on Thursday, Sept. 26 with the annual Kick-Off Kook-Off Food Tasting competition at the Emporia Farmers Market. The festival concludes on Saturday, Sept. 28. The carnival will remain open on Sunday, Sept. 29.