Every person who enters Fort Bragg has a unique experience. WUNC wants to hear those individuals’ stories about the installation’s first 100 years.
The public radio station, in conjunction with the Fayetteville Observer and WUNC’s Homefront Project, is collecting stories for a one-of-a-kind project — Fort Bragg Stories.
“Fort Bragg has touched the lives of so many people in North Carolina and beyond and we want to capture some of that in peoples’ firsthand experiences,” said Elizabeth Friend, WUNC lead producer for the Fort Bragg Stories project.
Friend said it is important for the community to share these stories because it gives listeners a glimpse of a world they may not otherwise see. Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer, concurred.
“A lot of people take their experiences here for granted, when in reality, their experiences are something the majority of the Army, let alone the country, would never experience,” he said.
WUNC and the Fayetteville Observer are looking for anyone with a connection to Fort Bragg — young Soldiers, veterans, Family members, civilians who worked on post, members of the local community who have personal ties to the installation — to discuss what Fort Bragg means to them.
No story is inconsequential, Friend said. She encouraged readers to submit not just the big stories, but also those small, personal moments that stick with them from their time at Fort Bragg.
It’s these anecdotes that can help listeners around the state and country experience life at the nation’s most populous military installation, Friend explained. To submit a story, visit http://bit.ly/ftbraggstories or email fortbraggstories@wunc.org.
WUNC also will host a
storytelling session Nov. 4 at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The free public event will feature a curated hour of Fort Bragg stories, as told by veterans and others in the community. It will begin just after the Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade.