October 30, 2001
Press contacts: Craig D'Ooge, Library of Congress (202)
707-9189 and Debbie Drucker, Fleishman-Hillard (202) 828-8872
Librarian of Congress Inaugurates Council to Lead Veterans History
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will announce 100
partners participating in the Veterans History Project and
the founding sponsorship by AARP, the nation's leading organization
for people 50 and over, at the first meeting of the Five-Star
Council on Thursday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Members Room
of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First
The Five-Star Council, a group of
prominent leaders veterans, elected officials, historians, and
journalists each with a relevant personal connection to this endeavor,
who are providing leadership and counsel for the project, will
be introduced by the Librarian. Council members available for
comment on November 8 are: Francis Sogi, Chairman of the National
Japanese-American Monument Foundation; Retired Lt. General Julius
Becton; Retired Major General USAF Jeanne Holm; Department of
Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi; former Rep. Sam Gibbons;
Tuskegee airman Lt. Colonel Lee Archer; and Tony Hope, son of
USO entertainers Bob and Dolores Hope.
The Veterans History Project is a project of the Library of Congress
through its American Folklife
Center to collect and preserve oral histories and documentary
materials from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the
Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars. The project was created
by Congress late last year in legislation sponsored by Sen. Max
Cleland and Sen. Chuck Hagel, and Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Amo Houghton,
and Rep. Steny Hoyer. The legislation passed unanimously, and
was signed into law by President Clinton on October 27, 2000 (P.L.
106-380). The project receives and archives video- and audio-taped
and written accounts, as well as letters, diaries and photographs
from war veterans and civilians who served to support them.
Details about AARP's gift and the organization's involvement
in this national grassroots effort to collect veterans' histories
also will be announced.
All media wishing to attend the meeting should call (202) 828-8872.
For additional information abut the Veterans History Project,
visit the Web site at www.loc.gov/vets/.
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