Your Story Matters
In 2000, the United States Congress created the Veterans History Project for the purpose of documenting and preserving the stories of our nation's veterans as well as stories of civilian workers actively involved in war efforts. ELCO High School students, under the leadership of English teacher, Mr. Jonathan Bickel, have contributed to the Veterans History Project at The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. since 2009.
The Veterans History Project requires students to conduct one-on-one interviews with a veteran. Students develop questions focusing on the veteran's military branch, rank, and job, as well as the conflict in which the veteran served and where he or she served.
Students develop personal relationships with the veterans they interview and make connections between the past and the present.
A mutual respect is fostered between the youth of today and older generations of veterans as students give a voice to the service men and women who sacrificed so much.
Students build research skills as they investigate the time period and conflict in which their veteran served.
Based on their research and the guidelines established by the Library of Congress, students generate interview questions that are used to help each veteran tell his or her story.
Combining writing skills with 21st century technologies, students generate a mulitmedia project for each veteran, incorporating video footage of the interview, images, sound files, and editing techniques.
If you would like to have your story documented as part of the 2019-20 Veterans History Project, please complete the form below. We will contact you in the fall of 2019.