West New York officials announce video history project to honor local veterans

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On Veterans Day, West New York officials are announcing the start of a history project that will involve recording the experiences of wartime veterans and submitting them to the Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.

Photo courtesy of the Town of West New York.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Our nation’s veteran’s hard work and sacrifice allow us all to enjoy the many freedoms of living in a free society,” Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said in a statement.

“A great source of pride for us here in West New York is the number of municipal employees who are veterans. Individuals for whom the call to public service continues after the military.”

The videos will detail personal accounts of West New York’s wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from them and better understand their selfless service, officials said.

Any local veterans who are interested in sharing their story should contact the town’s Cultural Affairs Office at 201-295-5270.

The Veterans History Project was created by Congress in 2000 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton (D) as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

VHP accepts veterans personal narratives in the forms of original, unedited audio- and video-recorded interviews, photographs, letters, diaries, journals, military documents, two-dimensional artwork, maps, and unpublished memoirs that meet minimum requirements.

More information on the VHP is available here.