Memorial Day serves as our nation's remembrance and thanks to those who have sacrificed their lives on behalf of our country. The debt owed to them and to their families is immeasurable. I commend our service members throughout history for the contributions they have made to our country.
After visiting with veterans this weekend in Eau Claire and Eleva, I'm reminded that we should honor service members past and present not just on Memorial Day, but every day. They deserve the best we have to offer. With too many of our young men and women overseas, we must support our troops and also keep our promises to them, their families, and veterans.
There is no better way to honor our veteran's service than by recording their memories. To commemorate and preserve this important part of history, I created the Veteran's History Project. This is as easy as sitting around the kitchen table with the family video camera. Although the project has collected nearly 80,000 individual stories to date, the world's largest oral history collection, there are still millions of stories that can be told. I urge you to not only thank our veterans and remember our country's fallen soldiers, but also to ask the veterans in your life to record their stories. They serve as the most significant memorial we can possibly give to our nation's fallen and living veterans.
For more information about participating in the Veterans History Project, please visit my website here, or www.loc.gov/vets.