Today, we celebrate Veterans Day by honoring our everyday heroes who selflessly sacrificed so much for our nation. One way to honor and preserve the experiences of the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces is to participate in the Veterans History Project (VHP).
This year marks the 11th Anniversary of the VHP and I hope you'll help us make it the biggest year ever! As the author of legislation that created the VHP, I am proud that the Library of Congress has been able to collect the stories of over 78,000 veterans and preserve them for future generations. But there are still thousands of stories to be told.
This Veteran's Day, please consider recording your story or the story of a friend or neighbor to be archived for future generations. The memories and experiences of our service people are an important part of our history and can serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices these men and women made defending our country.
I am working with local youth service programs, high schools, and public libraries in western Wisconsin to help raise awareness about the VHP and gather testimonials. I believe communities can work together and combine their resources to grow this program and continue to honor our veterans.
Whether that is by recording the story of a family member or friend, requesting information for an organization in your community, or encouraging a young person in your life to explore this important part of history, you can make a difference. As veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, now is an important time to capture the stories of our local heroes.
For more information about how to record your story, please visit kind.house.govor call Mark Seitz in my office at 888-442-8040. You can also find step by step instructions at www.loc.gov/vets.