VFW Auxiliary takes part in veteran’s history project

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #7655 are participating in a National Veterans History Project to collect and preserve the remembrances of American war veterans and the civilian workers who supported them.

This collection of first-hand accounts will be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for use by researchers and to serve as an inspiration for generations to come.

The project collects remembrances of veterans who served in WWI, WWII, the Cold War, Korean conflict, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, (1900-95), and the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts (2001-present).

U.S. citizens who actively supported the war efforts (such are war industry workers, USO volunteers, flight instructors, medical volunteers’ defense contractors and so on) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

The Veterans History Project is a collection development project of the Library of Congress whereas the National WWII Memorial Registry of Remembrances is “an individual listing of Americans who contributed to the war effort,” Jean Duncan explains.

Duncan is the local contact person and can be reached at (406) 271-9129.

Information and interviews will be scheduled by the Auxiliary members at the convenience of the participants, Duncan said.

“It is so important that these stories be collected and preserved,” Duncan says. She went on to add, “It will not take a great deal of time to participate in this project, but the experiences of your military or civilian involvement in preserving your stories are beyond measure.”