It has been my honor and privilege to interview and write the stories of 35 military veterans, members of the Greatest Generation, who resided at a local senior living community during 2011 and 2012.
During the next few months, in collaboration with Voice of a Generation, we will be developing a program to replicate this noble endeavor which can then be implemented across the nation. We are committed to document and tell the stories of this Great Generation, before time runs out. Initially when I began the interviews, almost all felt that their stories were insignificant and not the least heroic. However, through the interview process, I was able to persuade them that their stories had the power to save the voice and values of their generation for posterity. As they shared their stories, we were both blessed. Families, most who were largely unaware of these stories, have expressed their deep appreciation. In the years to come, it is our goal to aggressively publish these stories to ensure that younger generations can come to understand the significant role those who have gone before played as well as their own place in the world.
Gertrude Weil reminds us of something we seldom consider, “By knowing our past, we shall find strength and wisdom to meet the present.” In collaboration with VOG, I am proud to support the creation and publication of the hidden and treasured legacy stories of our WWII veterans and beyond.