12 May 2015

Veterans History Project -- Let's Make Sure That No More of Their Stories are Lost!

As the Library of Congress reminds us, “with Memorial Day approaching, you can help us save the story of a veteran you might know, through our Veterans History Project.”

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:
·        World War I (1914-1920)
·        World War II (1939-1946)
·        Korean War (1950-1955)
·        Vietnam War (1961-1975)
·        Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
·        Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)

If you or a veteran you know would like to participate, details can be found here.  If you want to see if a particular veteran’s recollections are already included you can search the database. If there is a digital collection available that will be indicated with a box stating “View Digital Collection.” The digital collections can include audio of an interview, photographs, letters written, diaries, and so much more.

Even if you don’t have a veteran in your family, the collective history assembled here is just incredible and invaluable to us as a nation.

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