WASHINGTON – The Library of Congress has been working to build an oral history collection to capture veterans' memories of war, and the project is nearing a milestone of 100,000 records.
The Veterans History Project is now in its 15th year. It holds more than 96,000 remembrances from veterans, including oral history recordings, letters, photos and memoirs that can be used by researchers. Organizers hope to have 100,000 remembrances by the end of 2015.
Bob Patrick, who runs the project, says more than half the material comes from World War II veterans, totaling 57,000 records. Thousands more come from veterans who served in the Korean war, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Veterans can record their own oral histories with family members with instructions on the library's website.