When I was in first grade my father served a tour of duty in Vietnam. My parents bought matching tape players and we would send tapes back and forth so we could hear each other’s voices. That Christmas Ma put the tape player under the tree so Pa could listen to us opening our presents. I still have the tapes but I think they are too old to hear. A few years ago a friend with recording equipment offered to transfer them to a more modern medium but the first ones he checked were empty so we assumed the rest were also. After reading about the workshop sponsored by Rep. Allyson Schwartz I dug them out. It would be worth the effort to try them all. The idea of my children listening to the voice of the grandfather who died before they were born, sometimes with the sound of shelling in the background, gives me goosebumps.
If you are interested in learning how to preserve the memories of veterans please consider attending:
Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz announced today a special initiative to honor American war veterans. In partnership with the Library of Congress, Schwartz is working with organizations and individuals from across the 13th district to capture stories and memories of veterans, including World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq veterans.
On Thursday, May 24 Schwartz will host a Training Workshop on how citizens and organizations can participate in the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.
“My father, a Korean War veteran, has shared many stories about his service with me, and I in turn have shared those memories with my own children. I cannot say enough about how important it is that we preserve the histories and memories of our nation’s veterans. These stories offer a priceless window into the sacrifices and courage of our veterans and their families. Particularly as our World War II and Korean War veterans grow older, it is essential that we capture and preserve these legacies now. I am honored to partner with the Library of Congress on this initiative,” said Congresswoman Schwartz.
Veterans History Project Training Workshop
WHAT: Veterans History Project Training Workshop
WHERE: Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Avenue / Philadelphia 19111
WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.