I confess. I always get a little giddy in May. Maybe it’s because the longer, warmer days of May mark the impending arrival of summer, my absolute favorite season. Yes, I am one of the rare lovers of brutally hot, humid DC summers. Or maybe May brings out the giddiness in me because I admire all the stately trees and brightly colored flowers that seem to appear in full bloom out of nowhere this time of year. However, thanks to my pollen allergy, this admiration comes with a cost that is tendered in antihistamines. And then, of course, there is Mother’s Day, when we moms get a little extra pampering and recognition for the nurturing we supply all year long.
I could name several more reasons why I think May is simply awesome. But there are two more that must be mentioned: May is both Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month.
Join me and the Veterans History Project (VHP) in showing gratitude to all Asian-Pacific American and Jewish American veterans who served, or are still serving, in the United States military with honor and valor. These service members’ contributions are innumerable and deserve recognition throughout the year.
Included in VHP’s archive of more than 96,000 collections are the stories of those who served in every war in which the United States was engaged during the past century, including Asian-Pacific American and Jewish American veterans. I invite you to visit the VHP website, www.loc.gov/vets, to search for individual personal accounts via the easy-to-use search criteria on the online database. To access groups of digitized collections from VHP’s “Experiencing War” website series, click on Asian-Pacific Americans: Going for Broke and Jewish Veterans of World War II.
After hearing and viewing these inspirational collections, think of a veteran you know, no matter their cultural or ethnic background, and consider interviewing them for the Veterans History Project. Tell us in the comments section if you will make May the month to get it done. Be sure to watch the 15-minute instructional video and download a field kit at www.loc.gov/vets.
In the meantime, I’ll be counting down to summer, admiring the colors of spring, sticking close to my box of Kleenex and dropping hints for Mother’s Day gifts. [Cough, spa-day, cough!] Happy May!