Four Reasons Veterans Should Join the History Project

Navy corpsman gives drink to wounded marine on Guam / official U.S. Navy photo. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. July 1944.

Attention all veterans. The Library of Congress is asking you for one more patriotic act.  It’s calling on veterans from all branches and all eras to share their stories.

From harrowing moments to mundane reflections, all accounts are valued by the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Director Bob Patrick said the project involves more than repeating a war story that’s been told and retold over the past 25 years. It’s a project that allows the veteran to tell the full story. Video and audio submissions must be at least 30 minutes in length.

He gave four reasons why veterans should participate:

  • It is a gift to the nation.
  • It will be a resource for historians, researchers and school teachers.
  • It is a patriotic act for your country.
  • It will become a permanent legacy for your family.

Patrick said it’s equally important for people to volunteer to become interviewers.

“Anybody can do it,” Patrick said. “So, I hope will take this to heart. Interview the veteran in your life and have them become a part of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.”

You can download the Veterans History Project Field Kit HERE.

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