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August 7, 2016. National Purple Heart Day. In honor and observance of this date, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), working with the Library of Congress, arranged interviews with eight veterans and Purple Heart recipients during the NCRA’s Annual Convention held in Chicago. Thanks to the veterans and teams of interviewers and court reporters, the first hand accounts will now and forever be immortalized in the Library of Congress as part of the ongoing Veterans History Project. Depo International court reporter Angela Baker, and Client Relations Director of Chicago, Jill Cardigan Thomas, were honored to continue the organization’s commitment to veterans by volunteering to interview and transcribe the veteran accounts.
To read more about the day: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/purple-heart-day-celebration-immortalizes-war-veterans-stories/
The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center (or Veterans History Project, for short) was signed into law in 2000, by President Bill Clinton after receiving unanimous support in both the House and Senate. The mission of the Veterans History Project is to: ‘collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war’. The project collects first hand accounts/interviews (audio/video recordings), as well as photos, records, manuscripts, diaries and historical documents related to any veteran’s wartime service. According to the NCRA, every year, for the past 13 years, court reporters have worked to capture and transcribe the precious memories of 4,000 men and women involved in conflicts. A February 25, 2016, article ‘Veterans History Project reaches 100,000 milestone’ published by the Military Times reported that the Veterans History Project has: “archived its 100,000 collection”. The article goes on note that over half of these collections were provided by WWII veterans, followed by Vietnam Veteran collections.
We encourage you to take a look back into history as told by the veterans that lived it.