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PHOTOS: Office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters Helps to Preserve Veterans Stories at VFW Cherryland Post #2780

Peters’ Office Helps Document the Stories, Experiences of Veterans Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to Share with Library of Congress

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) hosted a Veterans History Project event on Saturday, March 23rd at the VFW Cherryland Post #2780. During the event, VFW members interviewed fellow veterans about their personal experiences during military service. Students from the Northwestern Michigan College Audio Technology Program were on hand to record veterans’ personal narratives, which will then be submitted to the Library of Congress and preserved for generations.  

“Our veterans are extremely important to our nation’s history, and so are their individual stories. We owe it to our veterans, as well as future generations, to ensure their stories are documented as part of our American history,” said Senator Peters. “I’m proud that my office is supporting the Veterans History Project, and I thank our local veterans and Gold Star families for sharing their stories.” 

The Veterans History Project (VHP) is a Library of Congress program that aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible to the American public the firsthand interviews and narratives of United States military veterans. Those serving in World War I and through present-day conflicts – along with the stories of Gold Star families – are invited to participate.

Peters, who currently serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, where he earned a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist designation and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the September 11th terrorist attacks on our country, he volunteered again for drilling status and served overseas as part of his Reserve duty. Peters is the son of a World War II veteran. 

To download photos from the event, click here.