As we celebrate America’s independence on July 4th, let us not forget that freedom isn’t free. Join me in taking a moment to pay tribute to our servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to ensuring that America remains free.
Independence Day is the perfect holiday to record the story of the veteran in your family or community, or help compile the first person narrative of a deceased loved one who served, and donate it to the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress. This is an ideal way to show your patriotism, and will have a greater effect than any fireworks show or barbeque.
In addition to audio- or video-recorded interviews, VHP is actively seeking veterans’ original photographs, letters, diaries and other documents. Afterward, each veteran will have his or her own web page on the VHP website. Download a how-to field kit and get more details at www.loc.gov/vets.
While you’re at it, check out VHP’s new YouTube public service announcements (PSAs) and post these links wherever you share information.
30 sec. PSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeeQaFiEy-U
60 sec. PSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQbVL-vUIS0
30 sec. PSA (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dqHZmmesZg
60 sec. PSA (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AybltteHJek
Happy Independence Day!
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