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KENNEDY TO LAUNCH 4TH DISTRICT VETERANS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

Sep 15, 2016
Press Release

Newton, MA – Tomorrow, Congressman Joe Kennedy III and his office will launch an initiative to collect and preserve the personal stories of veterans from across the 4th Congressional District.  The effort is part of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project, which permanently archives the stories of American veterans and makes them accessible to the general public.
 
Kennedy will kick off the Project personally on Friday, by interviewing Arnold Marcus, a 92-year-old World War II veteran from Easton. He will use the Veteran’s History Project App, created by UMass Boston Professor Jean Rhodes, to record and submit the interview.
 
“Veterans tell this nation’s story. In times of war and times of peace, their experience and sacrifice guarantee our freedom, safety and security. By collecting and guarding those memories, we not only pay tribute to the past, but we bring wisdom to the future. Having survived multiple kamikaze attacks and bravely fought aboard the USS Columbia, Mr. Marcus is an American hero, and I am humbled to play a small part in telling his story.”
 
Arnold Marcus will also be reissued his Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon in recognition of his service aboard the USS Columbia. The medal ceremony for Mr. Marcus will be open to the press and details are as follows:
 
1:30PM                 Mr. Arnold Marcus Medal Ceremony 
The Residence at Five Corners                                   
678 Depot Street
North Easton, MA
 
For press wishing to cover Congressman Kennedy’s interview with Mr. Marcus as well, please contact Dan Black at dan.black@mail.house.gov.
 
About the Library of Congress Veterans History Project:
 
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes 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 United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President Clinton on October 27, 2000. To read more, click here.
 
About the Veteran’s History Project App:
 
The VHP App is an innovative new mobile application that promises to dramatically increase participation in the national Veteran’s History Project (VHP). The VHP App has the potential to help bridge the civil-military gap, creating pride in service, a rich archive of information, and a more empathic, informed electorate. It was created by Dr. Jean Rhodes of UMass Boston and is currently being piloted for the VHP. To read more, click here.
 
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For Immediate Release:
September 15, 2016
 
Contact:
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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