LAFAYETTE — A group of local veterans’ efforts to record the experiences of Acadiana’s war veterans begins this weekend during a “Preserving Your Legacy” program at the South Regional Library.
The event at 10 a.m. Saturday is organized by people affiliated with various veterans organizations to honor veterans’ service and record history for future generations, said Karen Fontenot, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War.
The personal interviews will be recorded and submitted to the U.S. Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project. The project was created by Congress in 2000 and is an archive of the first-hand accounts of veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
The personal accounts may be used in documentaries and textbooks, Fontenot said. “They’re contributing to America’s history,” she said.
Recordings will continue until 5 p.m. Saturday and veterans who are unable to attend the event may schedule an interview at a later date, Fontenot said.
Veterans are encouraged to collect and bring the following items to the event: military documents, photographs, medals, uniforms and letters from the battlefield, Fontenot said.
Veterans and family members at the event can learn how to use the memorabilia to create a family history document, Fontenot said.
Veterans in attendance will also have a chance to win a manuscript written about their personal war service history and a U.S. flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol, Fontenot said.
The library, 6101 Johnston St., also has military memorabilia on display through Nov. 30.
For more information or to schedule an interview for the Veterans History Project at a later date, email Fontenot at:Vetmom01@aol.com.
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