The Veterans History Project
Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the valiant men and women who have served in the armed forces, their stories, and our shared history. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center does just that, collecting first hand accounts and mementos of veterans and those on the home front during wartime. Since its inception in 2000, the project has collected the stories of thousands of veterans and those in the war effort for preservation in the Library of Congress. You can search or browse—many interviews are not digitized yet, but for some you can watch or listen to interviews, read transcripts, or view documents and photographs of interest. One very touching story is of a dog named Lucky who served in the Marines while his owner was in the Navy. The Project does not conduct interviews themselves—their material comes from partner organizations and from volunteers. Our own Senator Lugar has contributed greatly to the collection. If you know a veteran with a story to tell (or are one yourself) you might consider participating in the project. More details on how to do so can be found here. Happy Veterans Day!