Every veteran has a story to tell. Each sees the war through their own eyes from their own corner of the battlefield. They go through unique experiences that together make up the history that we learn in schools and textbooks. It is important to recognize and acknowledge these individual stories, and the perspective and understanding they can offer. These are the stories of real people who were directly affected by these real events. These are stories that you can put a face to. These stories humanize the soldiers, and help us to remember that they are people with loved ones and families and friends. They remind us that our soldiers are not just numbers or statistics.
Senator Joe Donnelly sponsors a project to archive the war stories and memories of veterans all across the state. His staff travel throughout Indiana to listen to the first hand stories told by veterans who have fought in the Korean War or World War II, and record their tales for future use by historians and teachers. These stories contain important lessons that may otherwise be lost forever with the passing of the individual. The volunteers involved in the project are enthusiastic about the opportunity to be able to save these memories and preserve them for future generations.
People of all ages attended a recent event where local veterans from a senior living community in Elkhart, Indiana regaled the audience with their fascinating war stories. Youths and adults listened with respect and awe as each veteran told his tale and shared his experiences. It is a chance to learn about history from the perspective of someone who was directly involved. In this way, participants are able to better engage with the history of this country and immerse themselves in it. It is a reminder that history is not as distant as we think.
This is an ongoing project that aims to preserve the memories of local veterans. The staff of Senator Joe Donnelly travel the state monthly to speak to individuals and communities. They welcome war stories from all veterans who have experienced World War II or the Korean War firsthand. If you or a loved one are a veteran with a story to tell, you can contact a member of the volunteer project for more information about where and how you share your war story.
Members of the public who would like to attend one of these events to learn about history directly from those who lived through it should keep an eye out for events happening in their community. Members of the project often travel to retirement or senior living communities to speak with veterans. Michiana Business Review will post more information about any upcoming events as we receive them. Check our blog regularly to find out about interesting opportunities and unique events all around the Michiana area. We frequently provide announcements about festivals, community events, and exciting opportunities for our readers.