University of Mary students bring awareness to World War I through veteran's letters

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BISMARCK, N.D. - 100 years ago, more than 30 thousand North Dakotans deployed across the world to serve their country.

Although none of them are alive today, their letters provide clues about their lives.

The state Heritage Center has a collection of those letters written from the front.

Students from the University of Mary read through, and selected a few letters from each county.
They are being published in newspapers across the state.

"What are we trying to do? Just bring awareness of what was happening back then. Why we took these steps, and got involved in World War I," said Darrell Dorgan, North Dakota WWI Centennial Committee chairman.

The papers publishing the letters will do so within a week of Veteran's Day