AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Memorial Day approaches, a group in Texas continues to honor veterans by recording their stories – giving future generations a chance to hear first-hand what it’s like to serve or fight for your country. Maj. James Crabtree is a historian and coordinator of the Texas Voice of Veterans Oral History Program. He joined KXAN News Today to speak about the program’s mission.
Organizers behind the project are looking for more veterans to tell their stories.
Can any veteran apply?
The process is free and open to any veteran residing in Texas. Each veteran receives four free copies of the interview on CDs, along with a signed letter and certificate from Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a commemorative binder.
Veterans don’t need to have been in combat to have a story to tell. Organizers want to record them all, from all branches and all times of service.
Special Fourth of July project
Organizers are working on a special video project in time for July 4. Veterans can submit a video — shot with their cell phone — that tells us what freedom means to them. It should be around a minute long.
“Who knows more about freedom than those who have served to protect it?” said Crabtree.
Then, sometime around the Fourth of July, they’ll release an edited video with submissions from veterans all over Texas.
Sample of oral history
Looking back: ‘Every Veteran Has a Story to Tell’ exhibit