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Carmel Whetzel of Winchester, Va. speaks with Courtney Simmons, current freshman at George Mason University and West Springfield High School graduate. Simmons held an impromptu interview with Whetzel, who was independently touring the memorial.

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History, Up Close and Personal

West Springfield High School students interview veterans at World War II Memorial.

The heat is palpable and the buzz of tourists is mesmerizing but Courtney Simmons is focused on Carmel Whetzel’s account of his World War II experience. Whetzel is a veteran and Simmons, a current freshman at George Mason University and a West Springfield High School graduate, is interviewing him as part of “Capturing the Voices of World War II: A Student Interview Project.”


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