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Ladies Auxiliary looking for memories from local veterans
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Remember when? Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign War Post 5064 wants to make sure generations to come never forget the sacrifices made by local individuals.
“We are making a history book of memories of our veterans and we really need you,” said Ladies Auxiliary president Phyllis Barnes. “You are a hero in our eyes and most certainly in the eyes of your grandchildren.”
Individual accounts will be recorded by Barnes.
“I know some veterans don’t like to talk about their war stories, but they may have children or grandchildren who would like to know what they did and what they saw when they were fighting for our country,” said Barnes.
Along with veterans who would rather forget the war they fought, the project has another hurdle that increases its importance — the passage of time. It is estimated 1,800 veterans die every day.
As each veteran passes, they take with them their memories, says Barnes.
“Also a lot of veterans suffer memory loss,” she adds. “It is estimated there are 600,000 veterans with memory loss.”
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project has been collecting personal accounts of veterans and making them accessible to generations of Americans for the last 11 years.
In addition to a collection viewable through the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., online accounts are accessible at www.loc.gov/vets by clicking on “Search the Veterans Collections.”
A Web page profile is created for each veteran who contributes an interview, memoir or historical documents. However, only about 5 percent of the total submitted is available online so far.
Locally, the accounts will be used in a history book of memories and shown during a Veterans Day program.
“Veterans of Warren County, I need your stories,” said Barnes. “Please contact me. With your help this will be a huge success.”
For more information about the local history book of memories or to arrange a time to share a story, contact Barnes at 934-3219 or 808-5970.