The Making History Project attended the 77th Annual National Convention for the 82nd Airborne in Washington DC. This event took place this past August. Many State Chapters attended the convention, and the local DC Chapter was a wonderful host.
The Convention started off with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath from the 82nd Airbrone was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also included in the program were visits to the Capitol Building, the US Army National Museum, and various Memorials.
Given the emphasis of the Making History Project, I made it a point to see the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Wall. I also made a stop at the U.S. Library of Congress to visit with members of the Veterans History Project where copies of our oral history interviews will be archived.
There were many social events and time to meet and make new friends during the various dinners and cocktail events. During the ending banquet, we had the honor to see the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus perform, which was inspiring as they recently made the finals for America’s Got Talent. Overall, the National Convention was a great success as I obtained an additional five oral history interviews while there.