The College of the Canyons is calling on volunteer vets to share their stories.
Santa Clarita Veterans will preserve their war experiences as part of the Veterans History Project organized by the Library of Congress. College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita has partnered with the project and is now looking for volunteer veterans to be interviewed.
Signed into law by Bill Clinton in 2000, the project mission is to collect first-hand accounts of those who served in past wars, current conflicts and citizen civilians who supported the war efforts. A copy of the interview will be sent to the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress where it will be archived and accessible for future generations.
“The Veteran History Project provides a wonderful opportunity for those who have served our country to share their stories, as well as to create a setting whereby young and old can learn from experiences,” said Patty Robinson, Dean of Social Sciences and Business division at the college. “It is our way of remembering and saying thank you.”
Several community partners, including local veterans, Herb Hightower and Morris Deason, Pat Saletore of the SCV Historical Society and Becky James of the Sepulveda Veterans Project are working directly with the college.
The deadline to sign up as a volunteer is Feb.22. For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Hightower at (661) 299-1487 or Robinson at (661) 362- 3992. The Veterans History Project website is www.loc.gov/vets.