Lee Temanson is spearheading this project for our association. If you want to express your memories from any war service involvement, including conflicts, get in touch with Lee Temanson now to find out how. Your testimony will also be submitted to the National History Project for posterity. Many of the audio and videos will be posted online here at our site for the public to hear and see.
Read on for an explanation of just what this projects about.
Subject: Veterans History Project Keeps War Memories Alive
Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
American Forces Press Service
There over 19 million veterans living in the U.S. today. With each is a
personal story of battles fought, victories and defeats. Each story, though
sometimes heartbreaking, is full of love, dedication and patriotism.
That's how Peter Bartis describes his work with the Veterans History
Project. The grassroots effort that began two years ago -- and has now
caught fire -- is hoping to keep those memories alive.
Bartis, a senior program officer for the project, said that each day some
1,500 U.S. veterans die -- and with them a treasured part of the nation's
past. "These are some of the most amazing stories; when you put them all
together you get a story of the nation," he said.
Over the past year alone, the project's staff of 16 has already collected
more than 14,000 items, such as letters and other memoirs, and video and
"We're all just blown away by these stories," he said. "The information has
been very rich, it's been emotional, and it's very heartening to listen to
the stories, to learn how and why they (veterans) joined, their war-time
With the idea that future generations could learn from the histories of the
nation's veterans, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress,
began the effort to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories
and testimonials of American war veterans -- men, women, civilians who
served in World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf
wars. The center needs contributions of civilian volunteers, support staff,
and war industry workers also.
Bartis said the amount of regular mail and the number of e-mails and phone
calls vary from day to day, "but the response to this project has been
enormous." "We get to know a lot of these people personally. That's the fun
part," he said. Aside from the thousands of items received from everyday
Americans each year, Bartis said the project has gained tremendous support
from the corporate community as well.
The Veterans History Project's official Web site lists more than 50 national
partners and support organizations from every state. The military services
contribute through offices such as the Army's U.S. Center of Military
History and the Naval and Marine Corps Historical centers, as well as DoD's
official committee commemorating the 50th Korean War anniversary. Major
national veterans associations are well-represented also.
"This is not our project or the library's project. This is the nation's
project," Bartis said. "We want people of all walks of life to feel
ownership of this project." To learn more about the Veterans History
Project, visit https://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets