Veterans Day 2021

I am so looking forward to speaking at Governors State University on Veterans Day. This is such a wonderful opportunity to honor Veterans on their special day. I will be speaking at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, on the 11th month. Perfect.

Better yet, I will be able to introduce the new Intern Team from GSU so they can discuss who they are and why they choose to work with the Making History Project.

The mission of the Making History Project is to bring greater awareness to the sacrifices that have been made by Veterans for their country. Of particular note is the often invisible injury of trauma brought on by combat.

While physical injuries and scars can be readily apparent, emotional and mental injuries are harder to detect. Yet, the effects of combat trauma, damage to the mind, can be just as devastating as physical injuries.

Through the oral history interviews of the Making History Project, one can readily see the impact that combat trauma has on our Veterans. With these oral history interviews, we can not only bring greater awareness of this issue but also preserve the stories and sacrifices of Veterans for future generations.

We hope you can tune in and see the presentation and learn more.

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About Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he is a full-time mediator and has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or

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