Kaptur Encourages Ohio Veterans to Participate in Veterans History Project
Washington, D.C. — In recognition of Veterans Day 2019, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement honoring those who have served our nation in uniform and encouraging all veterans across Northern Ohio to participate in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project:
“On Veterans Day, a grateful nation pauses to salute the brave Americans who have selflessly served our nation in uniform,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The history and spirit of our nation is rooted in the service and experiences of our veterans. As we join hands and reflect on their countless sacrifices, it is important that we as a country take steps to preserve the stories of the men and women of all eras who served in the United States Armed Forces. This Veterans Day, I am encouraging all veterans, and the families of veterans, to share their stories with the Library of Congress to be preserved in the Veterans History Project. I look forward to hearing your stories and getting Northern Ohio veterans experiences archived in Congress.”
“The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress is an important repository of the powerful stories of American veterans,” said Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “These oral histories, unpublished memoirs, original photographs and other first-hand personal narratives preserve for future generations the realities of war these veterans faced. We are incredibly proud to continue building this collection and welcome contributions from every state and congressional district.”
“The Veterans History Project could not do what we do without the efforts of brilliant volunteers and willing veterans from all across the country who serve again to share these treasured stories with us,” said Karen Lloyd, Director of the Veterans History Project. “Their stories are OUR stories – the stories of our nation told by those who were witness to historic events; whether in the foxhole, cockpit, ship deck, mess hall or at a desk. Thank you for supporting our mission of collecting, preserving, and making accessible these enlightening narratives so that researchers, students, documentarians, and most importantly – future generations will come to know them.”
Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to give veterans a platform to share and preserve their personal narratives about their time in uniform and help Americans understand military service and its importance to our country’s history. The Project is managed by the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center and is open to all veterans that have served in the US military in any capacity from WWI to the present who are no longer serving and who were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
To learn more about the Veterans History Project and how to participate, go to https://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html or call our office toll free at 1-800-964-4699 for more information.