Union Democrat staff

The planners of the 9/11 Global War on Terrorism Memorial want your stuff.

They are going to include a time capsule in the memorial, which will be built this summer on the grounds of the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall on Fir Drive.

The memorial is sponsored by Keith Dale Wann Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4748.

“One of the most exciting and interesting items of the 9/11 Global War on Terrorism Memorial will be the time capsule,” said Aaron Rasmussen, co-chair of the project and a veteran of the war in Iraq.

They are looking for a wide range of items: photos, signature scrolls, essays, telephone books, papers/magazines, flags, clothing, electronic devices, credit cards, seeds, life forecasts, membership rolls of civic/social groups, veterans organizations, items from Columbia College, the Me-Wuk Tribe, the Chicken Ranch Tribe, letters from city, county, state and federal elected officials, money, military memorabilia, firefighter/law enforcement and EMT/paramedic/first responder memorabilia.

They’d also like to hear from community members about other items they haven’t thought of.

The capsule is being made by Stainless Steel, a Pennsylvania company that specializes in time capsules.

“We need for the citizens of Tuolumne County to come forth and present items for possible inclusion in the time capsule and our committee will give each and every submission due diligence,” Rasmussen said.

Items for consideration may be dropped off at the Tuolumne Park and Recreation District office across the street from Veterans Memorial Hall at 18606 Pine St. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The last date for submissions is July 15.

There will be a form to be filled out and eventually the Time Capsule Committee will convene to examine the submissions. In some instances the submitter will be asked to speak to the committee about their item.

For more information contact Frank M. Smart at fsmart@rocketmail.com or 536.0439 or 559.1908.

Smart is co-chair on the project.