Vets invited to tell their stories

Veterans and the civilians at home who supported them are encouraged to visit Anoka Technical College Saturday, Nov. 10, noon to 2:30 p.m., to share their stories as part of the veterans history project.

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 invited to share their stories.

The veterans history project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Anoka Technical College judicial reporting program students will record shared wartime experiences for the Library of Congress.

“Volunteer judicial reporting students donate their time to this event to honor and express gratitude to those veterans who sacrificed and dedicated their lives so that we, as citizens of the U.S. may live in freedom and prosper,” said Deb Longley, judicial reporting faculty member.

“Veterans are invited to share their stories in order to inspire and invoke future generations to be aware of the sacrifice and history that is embedded deep within our great nation.”

The judicial recording and broadcast captioning program at Anoka Technical College has hosted this event for the past five years.

Contact Anoka Tech faculty member Deb Longley at 763-576-4848 or dlongley@anokatech.edu by noon Nov. 9.

Anoka Technical College is located 1355 W. Highway 10, Anoka. The program will take place in Room 157; enter through the west door W6. Light refreshments will be served.

The United States Congress created the veterans history project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380) received unanimous support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton Oct. 27, 2000.

AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the veterans history project. In addition to providing initial major funding for the project, AARP also spread the word to its legion of volunteers and almost 37 million members, encouraging them to get involved. Numerous state chapters have also been involved in the project.

The project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans from the following wars: World War I (1914-1920), World War II (1939-1946), Korean War (1950-1955), Vietnam War (1961-1975). Persian Gulf War (1990-1995) and Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present).

For more information visit: loc.gov/vets/.

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