Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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American Heartland Tour

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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).

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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.

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American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

508 PIR All Era & All Airborne Reunion

508 PIR Reunion: The Family and Friends for the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment for the 82nd Airborne is having its Veterans’ Reunion this June in Columbus, Ohio. Specifically, please mark your calendars for June 23, 2021, through June 27, 2021.

Current or past paratroopers are all welcome including their family and friends. This is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. All indications point to this being a live event, and we certainly need that kind of interaction given what we have gone through the past year.

The goal as always is to share the company of all paratroopers from different eras, including those from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, operations in Central/South America and the Caribbean, Iraq, Afghanistan, and active duty.

If possible, I hope we can organize another oral history presentation or perhaps even a veterans panel so paratroopers can discuss their experiences.

As always, I will make myself available to conduct oral history interviews for any Veterans wishing to preserve their stories and memories for either themselves, their family, or with the U.S. Library of Congress through the Veterans History Project. My interviews are recorded by video and you are provided a copy of the unedited interview on a DVD that same day. If interested in reserving a time with me, please contact me as soon as possible.