In honor of Veteran’s Day – give your story to the National Archives
The Veterans History Archival Institute and Stanton Homes invite you to add your military experience to the National Archives
If you or a family member have served in our nation’s Armed Forces, we want everyone to hear it, as part of our nation’s
historical collection. Come out and have your legacy recorded for your family, your friends, and our National Archives.
The interviews are free, and you get to keep copies of your recording for yourself and your family members.
We’d like to talk with WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq War veterans – and anyone who has served our country in the armed forces, whether or not in time of war.
Make sure that what you’ve done for all of us can be heard forever
“Even many family members are unaware of what their fathers and mothers did to make the history we live in today,”
said Dave Milidonis, Director and founder of the National Veterans History Archival Institute and a third-generation Veteran.
“Our WWII veterans are passing away at a rate of 1600 per day and we don’t want their stories going to the grave with them.”
Veterans – Preserve Your Historical Accounts for Future Generations
In an effort to capture as many first-person stories as possible, Stanton Homes and the National Veterans History Archival
Institute are working together to further the Veterans History Project initiated by Congress in 2000.
How It Works
A staff of volunteers, mostly veterans themselves, ask basic questions about the time period in which you served. You can share as much as you feel comfortable. A recording will be made of the session, with free copies available for the veteran and family members.
Why Your Stories Need to Be Told
“Veterans have a sense of duty that goes beyond self. Most veterans will gladly tell their story, if they would just be asked,”
said Milidonis. “We’re asking now.”
“We want to make sure we are still able to capture all the rich historical accounts that need to be told,” said Stan Williams,
CEO of Stanton Homes.
“We want to pass your story along into infamy, so everyone in the country has access to what real people did out there to serve
our nation - beyond what we read in history books that rarely capture everyday events and insights.”
In the eight years since its inception, only 55,000 historical accounts have reached the Library of Congress.
This represents less than 0.3% of the total veteran population.
Milidonis founded the National Veterans History Archival Institute, a volunteer organization based in Cary, NC, to help preserve records and memories of former Armed Forces members in the Raleigh area. The group is dedicated to recording the stories of wartime Veterans as well as those who have served in peacetime, at no cost to any Veteran or their family.
Details and Directions
Reserve a time for you or a family member by calling 919-449-5440.
About the National Veterans History Archival Institute
There are over 20 million veterans living in the United States today, and every day we lose 1,600 of them. Motivated by the urgent need to collect the stories and experiences of veterans while they are still among us, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project. As a collecting partner, the NVHAI is serving under Public Law 106-380 to collect and preserve audio- and video-oral histories, along with documentary materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies of America’s veterans and those who served in support of them.
Find out more at http://veteranshistoryinstitute.org/, or email Dave Milidonis at email@example.com.
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