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U.S. Veterans Day Marked by Release of Vets' Stories

National Geographic (USA) , November 11, 2004


Documenting the wartime experiences of the United States' veterans and helping those stories come alive for the public is the primary goal of the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project. Established in 2000 under the Clinton Administration, the project was initiated by Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin, project director Diane Nester Kresh said.

The project has accumulated over 25,000 oral and video histories, letters, diaries, photographs, and artwork. Contributions have come from high school students, professional folklorists, and community groups like churches, veterans groups, and retirement homes.

The materials represent soldiers' experiences and civilian support efforts from the five major wars of the 20th century: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the gulf war.

Subjects Covered: education, personal storytelling

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