Hello fellows and friends,

If you'd like to volunteer to help collect the short on-the-spot interviews 
described below, we can facilitate getting you in, as Library of Congress 
employees volunteering are allowed to bring a friend or family member along 
to help.  You'll need to commit to at least one four-hour shift during the 
weekend.  If you're interested, send a note addressed to me ([log in to unmask]) 
and to Judy Graves ([log in to unmask]) *off list* and we'll put you in touch 
with the proper authorities.  Security documentation and training must be 
done in advance.  The dates/times for the in-person training will be 
announced to registered volunteers soon.
(Note: this is different from the volunteers sought bu the memorial's 
website - url below.)

By the way, the WWII Memorial <> opened 
yesterday.  So if you want to see it without the holiday crowds, now is a 
good time.  Bring sunscreen and a sweater...most afternoons are quite warm 
lately, with cool mornings and evenings.  Another reason to come 
early:  the Brood X cicadas <> haven't come out 
yet, but according to the experts, they'll probably will arrive by late May 
and stay buzzing noisily around until late June.

****Please feel free to redistribute the announcement below, but not this 
private note.****




National World War II Reunion Gives
All Who Served a Chance to Tell Their Stories

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress
will participate in the National World War II Reunion on the
National Mall in Washington during Memorial Day weekend,
May 27-30.  The four-day event will include ceremonies and
activities coordinated by the Smithsonian Institution Center
for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

One of seven pavilions and two performance stages on the
Mall during the Memorial Day weekend, the Veterans History
Project Pavilion (located near the National Air and Space
Museum) will collect memoirs and stories on-site from those
who experienced the war overseas and on the home front.

The National Reunion coincides with the American Battle
Monuments Commission's dedication of the National World
War II Memorial on Saturday, May 29. The dedication
ceremony and reunion honor the 16 million soldiers and sailors
who served in the U.S. armed forces during the war, the more
than 400,000 who died and the millions who supported the war
effort from home.

The Veterans History Project invites all veterans and civilians
who served to visit the Veterans History Project Pavilion on the
Mall during the weekend and contribute their stories to the
archives of veterans' histories, which is part of the Library's
American Folklife Center.
"Every veteran has a story to tell," said Librarian of Congress
James H. Billington. "And the Library of Congress wants your
wartime memories to be part of this ever-growing national
collection of oral histories, written memoirs, letters and photographs."
To participate, veterans, civilians who served in support of
them and families of veterans  are asked to:

o   Bring written memoirs, photos and letters from World War II
     to the Veterans History Project Pavilion on the National Mall
     during the Reunion.

o   Contribute wartime stories online, at, or in
     person during the reunion to a Library of Congress/Veterans
     History Project volunteer or at the VHP Pavilion.

o   Visit the Veterans History Project Pavilion during the reunion
     and learn how to interview a veteran or to share wartime memories.

In an unprecedented effort, the Library of Congress will collect
on-the-spot  interviews from World War II veterans and civilians
who served in support of them during the four-day weekend.  In
teams of two, Library of Congress staff will roam the National Mall
and record the wartime experiences of World War II veterans and
home front workers.

"The National World War II Reunion will be the largest-ever
gathering of World War II veterans," said Diane Kresh, coordinator
of the VHP volunteers at the Library of Congress.  "Our aim is to
collect as many stories as possible over the four-day period.  These
stories will find a permanent home in the archives of the Veterans
History Project along with the oral histories of veterans from other
wars already in our collection."

In addition, more than 30 hours of panel discussions will take place
at the VHP Pavilion during the four days.  Topics, times and
participants are below.  Check the Web site at
for complete details.

Former Prisoners of War:  Richard Facies, Enso Bighinatti, Jimmie
Kanaya and Marty Higgins; 1 p.m. on May 27 and 11 a.m. on May 28

Reunion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 1st Battalion
("Lost Battalion") of the 141st Regiment of the 36th (Texas) Division;
2 p.m. on May 27

Hispanic-American Experience During World War II:  Fred Medina,
Miguel Encinias and Evelio Grillo; 1 p.m. on May 30

Japanese-American Experience During World War II:  Warren
Tsuneishi, Jimmie Kanaya, Marty Higgins; 4 p.m. on May 28

Navajo Code Talkers:  Sam Billison, Sam Smith, Keith Little;
3:15 p.m. on May 27 and noon on May 30

Tuskegee Airmen:  Lee Archer, Charles McGee;
2 p.m. on May 28 and 2 p.m. on May 30

D-Day Veterans:  Sam Gibbons, Tracy Sugarman,
Bob "Punchy" Powell; 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on May 27

Women in the Military:  Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm, Miriam Ownby,
Martha Putney, Elizabeth Splaine, Ruth Earno; 3 p.m. on May 28

American Red Cross in WWII:  Ruth Belew, Helen Colony,
Mary O'Driscoll; 4:15 p.m. on May 27

Women in Military Medicine:  Maj. Jennifer Peterson, Anna Busby,
Marian Elcano, and Martha Leierer; 11 a.m. on May 30

Home Front Memories:  Marion Gurfein, Helen Sudyk,
Venus Ramey (Miss America 1944); noon on May 27

Stories of Service:  Sen. John Warner (R-Va.),
Adm. J. L. Holloway, Richard Bloxsom, Jerry Brenner,
Joseph DeLuca; 5:15 p.m. on May 27, noon on
May 28, and 4 p.m. on May 29

Covering the War­Wartime Journalists: 3 p.m. on May 30

In October 2000, the U.S. Congress signed legislation sponsored
by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rep. Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.),
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) and
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to create the Veterans History Project
to collect and preserve the wartime memories of veterans an
  those who served in support of them during World War I,
World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.

In three years the American Folklife Center at the Library of
Congress has collected more than 70,000 items from some 15,000
individual submissions. The Veterans History Project— through
the volunteer efforts of hundreds of organizations and thousands
of individuals around the country—has become one of the largest
national repositories of firsthand accounts of war. The project is
one of the few nationwide oral history efforts that relies on
volunteers rather than professional oral historians to collect stories
and artifacts.  AARP is the national corporate founding partner.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization
dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. It provides
information and resources; engages in legislative,  regulatory and
legal advocacy; assists members in serving their communities; and
offers a wide range of  benefits, special products and services for
its members.

To learn more about the Veterans History Project, to submit your
story online, or to view a schedule of panel presentations and other
reunion activities scheduled over the four-day weekend,

Additional information about the National Reunion weekend can
be found on the Web at,

Note:  For biographical information on the veterans speaking in the
Veterans History Project Pavilion and to speak with veterans from
the Veterans History Project, contact (202) 707-9822.