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Senate Passes Landrieu Resolution Supporting Oral History Project for Veterans

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Location: Washington, DC

Senate Passes Landrieu Resolution Supporting Oral History Project for Veterans

During the last working day before Veteran's Day, the United States Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., to support the designation of next week as National Veterans History Project Week.

"The American Folklife Center is undertaking a noble project to collect the oral histories of our veterans," Sen. Landrieu said. "But they need the public to be aware of this project to increase the volume of our veterans' stories that we retain for future generations.

"Veteran's Day 2007 deserves particular pause as we pray for our soldiers fighting bravely the Middle East and honor the veterans of all the preceding wars who fought courageously to secure our Democracy today.

"It is fitting that this Veterans' Day, we encourage the nation to rally around our veterans and collect their stories of sacrifice in the name of freedom."

National Veterans History Project Week, November 11-17, will encourage public participation in a nationwide veterans' oral history project that the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is undertaking. The project uses volunteers to collect oral histories and needs help to reach the 17 million wartime veterans living today. The resolution asks the public to interview at least one veteran in their family or community and encourages participation by local, state and national organizations along with federal, state, city and parish or county governments.

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