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The Cost of Independence

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 […]

I Want YOU, U.S. Army, to Have a Happy Birthday

June 14, 2015 marks the United States Army’s 240th birthday. Let that sink in. The U.S. Army has been around longer than light bulbs, steam locomotives, the U.S. Constitution and the Library of Congress. For nearly two and a half centuries, valiant soldiers have given selfless service to our nation, placing themselves in harm’s way […]

Like Father, Like Son: One Family’s VHP Connection

The following is a guest post by Veterans History Project (VHP) Liaison Specialist Owen Rogers. Looking back on my childhood, whether it was the time I borrowed Ernie Pyle’s “Brave Men” from my father’s bookshelf, or when my mother taught me how to thin acrylic paints for my model airplanes, it is clear to me […]

What is it About May?

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 […]

Two Veterans, Two Wars, Two Remarkable Women

The month of March is designated as Women’s History Month–a time set aside to pay tribute to the contributions women have made to society from years past to contemporary times. Each year, the Library of Congress and many other national agencies offer special programming and exhibits, as well as feature collections and resources that are […]

Recognizing African-American Veterans This Month and All Other Months Too

As a native Washingtonian, I grew up in a predominantly African American community and proudly attended D.C. Public Schools, where Black History was taught as a regular part of the curriculum, and not just during February. As far as my elementary school music teacher was concerned, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” also known as “The […]

Here is One Resolution You Can Keep

It’s been three weeks since you toasted to the new year and made a fresh list of resolutions. Who cares that your coffee-stained 2014 list is somewhere crumpled up next to your unused gym shoes at the back of your junky closet? Forget about that. This time it’s for real. This year you will … […]

All About Home

The hit Broadway musical-turned-film “The Wiz” is one of my all-time favorites. It is a retelling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with an African-American twist. I have vivid childhood memories of seeing R&B recording artist Stephanie Mills play Dorothy live on stage, then being blown away by Michael Jackson’s portrayal of Scarecrow in the […]

Making It Home: Journey Home

The following is a guest post by VHP Liaison Specialist Owen Rogers, and is the second in a three-part series. Trying to make it… Home. A permanent fixture in our lives, “home” has both place and meaning, and many veterans meticulously documented their journey home through photographs, manuscripts and correspondence. Numbering among the “transplant” community […]