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War is hell.” 
General William Tecumseh Sherman

From the Civil War to the present military conflicts, war continues to be hell both on those who take part, and those who support them.  Whether we are defending our country or fighting on behalf of others, there is always a price to pay. 

The Library of Congress is archiving first-hand accounts of American war veterans and civilian workers who support them via The Veterans History Project.  From World War I to the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, these stories provide a valuable resource to researchers, students and teachers.  The Project also collects original memoirs, military documents, collections of letters, and original photographs and artwork. 

Do you know someone who has served on behalf of the United States and would like to contribute to the Project?

Visit and you can download The Veterans History Project Field Kit, which includes interview tips and resources, and tips for veterans who are telling the story themselves.

Who will you be honoring this Veteran’s Day?

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In the corner of my fifth grade classroom, there was an old box piano with yellowed keys.  Every other week, we would have a sing-a-long.  One morning, our teacher announced we would be singing a song in honor of a classmate’s brother who was serving in the war.  


The year was 1968.  I didn’t know anything about a war.  At the time, I didn’t know anyone who was serving in the military.  However, even my young 12-year-old mind grasped the gravity from the tone in her voice.  “This song is very, very old,” she said, “but it still applies today.”  It was the Civil War anthem, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  Whenever I hear that song, I think of my classmate and wonder how her brother fared.


My uncle Lynn later served and returned safely from Vietnam.  My great-uncle and cousins all returned safely from World War II battles – by air and by sea.  We were, indeed, very blessed.


This, and every, Veteran’s Day, I give my gratitude, appreciation and respect to all have served this country, and others.  Every soldier, regardless of nationality and the side of conflict they fight, have families who care about them.


Thank you.


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