Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service. It is a project of the Library of Congress aimed at collecting oral history interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, and other original materials from veterans of World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present).

Those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also encouraged to contribute their personal narratives. Members of the public become part of the Veterans History Project after they donate their materials.

Teachers, students and youth groups throughout the United States have contributed significantly to the Veterans History Project. (See the youth resources) You can get a copy of their Project Kit, Field Kit (for interviews) and the Memoir Guidelines as a PDF file online at

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center plans several activities and events for today, Memorial Day 2008, including the Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. in support of the White House Commission on Remembrance. Visit the Library of Congress blog at or the VHP Web site at to "count down" to the Moment of Remembrance.


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