The Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project was formed to capture the stories of ALL war time American veterans; WWII, the wars in Korea, Viet Nam, the Persian Gulf and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our primary mission is to collect, document and preserve the personal experiences of U.S. wartime veterans, as well as home front workers and volunteers who supported the war effort. Our objective is to honor their service and share their stories with current and future generations, historians and equally important, the veteran’s family members.
Veterans stories are documented via in-home video recorded interviews or taped presentations at monthly Roundtable public meetings (except July, August and December). These meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at the Lehigh Valley Active Life Center, 1633 Elm Street, Allentown, PA. The Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project works in conjunction with the National Veterans History Project which is sponsored by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. All video taped interviews, public or private, are submitted to the Library of Congress which are then carefully stored and maintained in keeping with professional archival practices. This material is made available at the Library of Congress, and eventually on line, for use by researchers, educators, historians and family members. Biographical and service information can be viewed on the Library of Congress website; www.loc.gov/vets.
Moreover, arrangements can also be made to register WWII veteran’s name, wartime photograph, decorations and theatre(s) of operation at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.