Bedford Boy's Bible Nominated for Endangered List
Bedford Co., VA - You have the opportunity to help preserve the memory of one of the Bedford Boys who was killed in action 70 years ago on D-Day.
The National D-Day Memorial has nominated John Schenk's Bible for inclusion on Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts list.
The New Testament has a metal cover, designed for a soldier to carry in his shirt pocket to shield his heart.
Schenk carried it with him when he landed on Omaha Beach.
"We certainly need to look at this is terms of how can we keep it from further deteriorating," said April Cheek-Messier, D-Day Memorial Foundation President. "The pages are very fragile. The metal cover itself is rusting and we just want to stop that deterioration."
The Bible was found on the beach and returned to the Schenk family. His widow donated it to the memorial foundation. Schenk is buried at Normandy American Cemetery in France.Click here to vote for the Bible.