Working to preserve military history.
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) has announced his 18th District office is collaborating with the Library of Congress to collect stories from local veterans through the Veterans History Project.
“We get those (stories) from our district. We categorize those and catalog them with the library as a way to honor the impact that they had. And, really to put it into the history of our armed forces,” LaHood told WMBD’s Greg and Dan.
The project will collect and preserve memories, stories, interviews, and memorabilia of the United States veterans from WWII to the present.
“We know our veterans have sacrificed so much for our great country, but more times than not, we don’t know the stories behind their service. The Veterans History Project helps our veterans and the public know more about how our brave men and women made such an impact on our history,” LaHood said.
Interviews of veterans can be collected in several ways. A family member can choose to record an interview with a veteran about their time in the service, or a veteran can compile a memoir or written statement on their experiences. High school students in grades 10-12 can also interview veterans, working with their school librarians and history classes.
“As this project moves forward, I encourage you to thank a veteran and reach out to see if they would like to share their stories,” LaHood said. “In the end, we can all learn a thing or two from our servicemen and women and walk away with great insight and appreciation for all they have done to preserve and fight for our freedom.”
More information on the Veterans History Project is HERE.