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Military Veterans Sought For National History Project

Local veterans can share their stories of military service with future generations by participating in a local effort to contribute to the national Veterans History Project.

The goal of the Veterans History Project, managed by the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, is to capture the histories of military veterans and others who have participated in military conflicts. It was authorized by Public Law 106-380, which was signed into law by President Clinton on October 27, 2000.

The York County Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking up to 60 local veterans to participate in the effort. All veterans are eligible to participate, but priority will be given to World War II and Korean War veterans. Interested veterans should call the Veterans Affairs office at 771-9218. 

Selected veterans will be interviewed in the fall. The interviews will be transcribed and provided to the Veterans History Project for preservation and inclusion in its online library.

“York County has a long and proud tradition of military service,” said Phil Palandro, director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs. “Efforts like this help preserve that history and create a crucial bridge to future generations by providing firsthand accounts of people who participated in our country’s major conflicts.

“Although reading about war in a history book is important, there’s no better way to truly understand a conflict than by hearing accounts from the people who were involved.”

Although Veterans Affairs is responsible for recruiting veterans to participate in the project, the overall local effort is spearheaded by York County Common Pleas President Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh and York County’s court reporters. It also involves a variety of staff within County government.

York County has approximately 40,000 veterans

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