FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2007
College Encourages Veterans to Tell Their Stories
In an effort to assist the Library of Congress's ongoing Veteran's History Project, College of the Canyons will host interview sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 in the Performing Arts Center lobby prior to the free concert of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Veterans who served during wartime are encouraged to come tell their stories, which will be collected and sent to the Library of Congress.
"This is an important program aimed at keeping the stories of wartime veterans alive," said Bruce Battle, director of advertising and public information at College of the Canyons. "I would imagine we would find some fascinating stories from veterans living throughout the Santa Clarita Valley."
The U.S. Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. It is aimed at collecting oral history interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs and other original materials from veterans of World Wars I and II; the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars; and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present). College of the Canyons students will be on hand to conduct interviews, which will be digitally recorded. A pre-written narrative can also be dropped off.
In addition to narratives, the project is also asking for videos or films, photos, maps, letters and military papers. The project cannot accept medals, canteens, uniforms, dog tags, weapons, military equipment or flags.
The United State Air Force Band of the Golden West will then play a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 362-3432.