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Memorial Day – Honoring the Sacrifice

Remembering History - Memorial Day

Honoring Veterans – Today and Always

Memorial Day: The Greatest Sacrifice

Memorial Day is intended to honor those Veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country, our values and our way of life. There can be no greater selfless sacrifice than dying for your country and what you believe in.  Since life is the greatest gift ever given, we should not as the benefactors of that sacrifice take such an act for granted.  Consider what moved these Veterans to act on our behalf and how much they loved our country to do so.  When reflecting on that sacrifice for a moment today, consider also the surviving mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses and children of those who died in the service of their country.  Their loss is personal and enormous with too many lives forever changed by the absence of the fallen Veteran.  They too deserve our thoughts, prayers and respect.

Let’s Not Forget Our Wounded Warriors

Finally, we should also extend our gratitude and compassion to those Veterans who returned from the battlefield but have been permanently changed as a result, either physically, mentally or emotionally.  These wounded warriors have endured unthinkable injuries that cannot be minimized whether it be a lost limb, disability or the silent but very real injury that is PTSD. Besides taking a moment to personally thank any Veteran you may see in the future, if you do only one thing going forward, please watch the following acclaimed documentary “That Which I Love Destroys Me” from recent Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  By watching this intense and very personal documentary, you will get a glimpse into the everyday psyche of returning Veterans, their struggles and their will to survive.  The battlefield scars these Veterans have, both external and internal, are real and very deep.  They have given so much for us, now it is our turn to give back and help them.


Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, October 16, 2015

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!


Finding History: A Metadata case study at Baylor University

This case study is concerned with the use of descriptive metadata for online oral history collections created in a content management system, or CMS. It will highlight the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) and their history in uploading and describing their digital collection of transcripts and audio files in Baylor University’s CMS, CONTENTdm. Specific to this case study, the issue of managing a digital archive and conforming to metadata standards set university-wide for digital collections will be addressed.

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Finding History: WWII German Halftrack found in river in Poland

HalftrackLook at this amazing find that has just been recovered from the river Pilica in central Poland. This looks like it could be driven away. The level of preservation is unbelievable. Scroll down to page three for the video and also keep your eye out for one of the front tires – it will blow you away, it looks brand new. A big thank you to Tomek Basarabowicz of Poland.

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Warriors of History: 10 longest sniper kills

A sniper is a skilled marksman whose job is to shoot someone from afar without hitting anyone (or anything) else. But it’s not just about pointing, shooting, and hitting. Snipers must also take into consideration their weapon, ammunition, wind velocity and direction, air density, and even the rotation of the earth – the mastery of which allows them to perform deadly miracles.

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Oral History: New OHA pamphlet, Doing Veterans Oral History

In collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, the Oral History Association announces a new pamphlet titled Doing Veterans Oral History. The pamphlet, written by OHA member Barbara W. Sommer, will be available to purchase at the Annual Meeting in Tampa and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Preview the cover at Doing Veterans Oral History.

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Thank you for reading (and sharing).  Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.

Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, October 9, 2015

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!


Mamaev-Hill-Volga-River-Pool-225x300Doing History: Updated CV for Patrick Russell at the Making History Project

I am dedicated to interviewing and preserving as many stories of Veterans as possible for the Making History Project.

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Decisions of History: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 5 reasons why President Truman made the right decision

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was apocalyptically awful. 70 years ago today, an estimated 90,000 people were immediately killed when Little Boy detonated 1,950ft above Hiroshima – 50,000 more would die by the end of the year. Two days later, Nagasaki was struck by ‘Fat Man’, killing approximately 80,000 people. It was, as the Allies threatened during the Potsdam Conference, ‘prompt and utter destruction’.

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Seeing History: A visit to the US National Navy Seal Museum

On the way back to Miami from Daytona this past weekend, I had the pleasure to visit the US National Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.  The Navy Seal Museum is a hidden gem and should not be missed.  Centrally located on the east coast, both the Florida Turnpike and I-95 have exits that lead to historic Fort Pierce.  The museum grounds are located on ocean front property immediately in front of the public beach.

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Thank you for reading (and sharing).  Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.