Today is Memorial Day, a special day set aside to honor those who fought for our country. It's wonderful we take time to honor them. It's hard to think of what they went through. Not everyone went off to war. Some were in service and were not called to make that effort, that sacrifice. But they were there if needed, and they should also be recognized and honored.
Today I heard of a special way these fine men and women are receiving recognition for their time in service. It's an oral history project to gather together their stories. It's a project not just for the leaders, but also for the entire spectrum of military personnel. They want the stories of all ranks, races, faiths, and gender. Without that diversity the story is not complete.
To find information of how you can participate, either as a veteran or a volunteer, you can go to the website set up to give you the information on what to do and how to do it. loc.gov/vet is your go-to place for all you need to know.
My dad served in the U. S. Army during WWII, serving in the CBI (China, Burma, India) Theater. I've been interested in oral history since my college days. I was able to get him on tape, but my success was limited. He would tell some humorous stories and such, but he did not want to share the hardships they endured. I was his daughter and he wanted to spare me such details. I wish he had given me more, but he had to do what he was comfortable with.
Good luck and God bless you for helping tell their stories, not just for today but for the ages.