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Monday, May 29, 2006

Do you know a veteran?

by Charity Tahmaseb

A lot will be said today about taking a moment from the barbeque to pause and think of the men and women who have served (and who are currently serving) in the Armed Forces. Some of those messages will be wrapped up in politics from both ends of the spectrum. And sometime today, the President will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

I’m going to suggest something different. Take a moment today to click through to the Veterans History Project and get to know a veteran.

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project was created in 2000. Its purpose is to collect oral histories and memoirs (and supporting documentation such as letters, photos, etc.) from veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf Wars, and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. They are also collecting stories from civilians who were actively involved in the war efforts.

The Armed Forces are made of up individuals. So I’m stating the obvious. Sort of. I’m surprised by others’ surprise when they comment on my military writing: I never knew . . .

Veterans come from all walks of life, from backgrounds as diverse as those you might find in any industry. Maybe it’s the rigors of basic training, where they tear you down only to build you back up again, the sameness of the uniforms. Maybe it’s the panoramic views of Arlington Cemetery, of flags flying, of a twenty-one gun salute.

Take a moment today for a close up look. Each veteran views their experience through a unique lens. If you know a veteran, encourage him or her to contribute to the Veterans History Project. If you’re a writer, maybe you can help record someone’s story.

And if you don’t know a veteran, I encourage you to click through, pick one soldier’s story, and get to know him or her.

The Veterans History Project

7 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

Thanks, Charity, for mentioning this. I'm going to let my dad know. He's a Korean War veteran.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger anno said...

This looks like a great project. And thanks for reminding us to talk with the veterans we know. Some of them are kind of shy about talking about their experiences--I just learned that some old family friends were at Normandy in WWII.

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Great idea, Charity. Thanks for the site.

Theresa

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger Tori Scott said...

Thanks for the info, Charity. I have a friend who earned a purple heart in Viet Nam, so I passed it on to him.

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

Charity, after RT I visited my uncle, who told stories about his WWII service and about my dad's. My father was in the Army when I was growing up, so I have a soft spot for any veteran!
Diane

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

Very interesting, Charity. I have several veterans throughout my family history, all the way back to the American Revolution and perhaps before. And my hubby has a cousin who is a Chinook pilot in Iraq now.

 
At 3:21 AM, Blogger darcy said...

I'll have to check this out. My f-i-l tells some incredible stories, like the time his tank tumbled into the only residential basement in Korea ;^)

 

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