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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Project Preserves Memories of U.S. War Veterans

Project Preserves Memories of U.S. War Veterans
By: CBS News
Jun 07, 2013

(CBS News) Thursday was the 69th anniversary of D-Day, when U.S. forces stormed the shores of Normandy during World War II.

A project aims to save American military history. They are just a few of the thousands of stories of America's war veterans being preserved by the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress has collected 87,000 stories through audio and video recordings. It also preserves photographs, letters and diaries.

"'So don't fret and tell pa not to get hysterical. Love Butch,'" said Bob Patrick as he read aloud from a letter.

It's called The Veterans History Project, and Patrick is the director.

"We're not trying to recreate history or rewrite history or disprove history," said Patrick. "Really, what that experience was like for those who go off to war and most importantly at the end, what did it all mean to them."

The library has collected 87,000 stories through audio and video recordings. It also preserves photographs, letters and diaries.
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