Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Veterans Oral History Interviews

American Heartland Tour Updates

Veteran oral history interviews
American Heartland Tour Launches Next Week

The final preparations for the American Heartland Tour are being made now as the Tour kicks off next week. The goal of the Tour is to visit many of the small towns that make America great and along the way conduct Veteran oral history interviews. This trip will cover 15 States as I drive more than 5,000 miles across the country.

To promote this trip, I have partnered with Governors State University who is helping to get the message out. Big thanks to Dean Andrae Marak of the School of Arts and Sciences as well as to Stacy Amedeo.

Likewise, I have reached out to each VFW and American Legion Post along the way as well as the Department of Veteran Affairs for each State. The response so far has been incredible as I have many Veteran oral history interviews scheduled, many of which will be at Veterans Homes or at local Posts.

Additional interview opportunities exist in the following locations: Eau Claire, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Fargo, ND; Idaho Falls, ID; Salt Lake City, UT; Flagstaff, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Oklahoma City, OK; Wichita, KS; and Kansas City, MO. If you know of a Veteran that would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact me ASAP at patrick@making-history-project.com as I am finalizing the interview schedule now.

Starting next week, please be sure to check out the Facebook page for the Making History Project as well as my posts on LinkedIn for daily updates as I make my way across the country. I will be posting some incredible photos as well as my thoughts as to the incredible people and sights that I see. Stay tuned.

Veteran oral history interviews

American Heartland Tour

veteran oral history interview
A Veteran Oral History Tour through the American Heartland

The Making History Project is going on the road this July for a tour through the American Heartland to conduct Veteran oral history interviews. Unprecedented times require an unprecedented effort. The 5,124-mile trip will cover 15 States, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.

The goal of the American Heartland Tour is to see many of the small towns that make America great and to conduct Veteran oral history interviews along the way. Since many Veterans live in rural areas and small towns, this is the perfect opportunity to go to them to preserve their stories.

We are seeking oral history interviews of all Veterans from all Eras (World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, and everything in between) as well as from all Branches of the Military. These interviews are part of the overall mission of the Making History Project to preserve Veteran stories and memories.

All interviews will be eventually archived with the Veterans History Project for the US Library of Congress as well as with the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Project. The beauty of this project is that the Veteran and his/her family are provided a full unedited copy of the video oral history interview on a DVD at the end of the interview as a treasured keepsake.

If you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran, Veteran Organization, or a local VFW Post, that might be interested in providing interviews, please be sure to reach out to coordinate an interview by either email (patrick@making-history-project.com) or by telephone (305-608-2977).

American Heartland Tour Stops

D-Day Tribute

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

Today’s post is in tribute to the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion by the Allies during World War II that began the liberation of Europe. This represented the single largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. The task was daunting not only in terms of the operational coordination required but also in the fact that it was taking place on the heavily defended Atlantic Wall.

The invasion from the sea was preceded first by paratroopers that were dropped in the darkness behind enemy lines to secure important bridges, chokeholds, and towns to facilitate the push inland from those arriving on the beaches. Despite carefully laid plans, many of the paratroopers missed their drop zones and were scattered throughout the French countryside.

Many of the World War II Veterans that I have interviewed were paratroopers, infantrymen, medics, engineers, or were part of the Coast Guard that participated on D-Day. A sample of some of those oral history interviews can be found here. These interviews not only preserve an important part of history but also provide the Veteran and their family with an everlasting memory.

Let us not forget their sacrifice. Those that gave all, as well as those that were wounded and remain scarred to this day. Remember freedom is not free. We are free because of the brave and the blood that was paid.

American Cemetery Omaha Beach
American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.