On Saturday, I get to take a very special veteran to court.
Yes, to court.
He committed no crime; in fact, he is being honored by DFW-based volunteers of the Veterans History Project, a legislatively supported initiative of the U.S. Library of Congress to capture and preserve veterans’ stories for all generations. Their oral histories are being taken by professional court reporters (fun fact: many court reporters type almost 300 words per minute with amazing accuracy!), with testimonies being conducted by legal experts who are following a basic line of questioning.
The result will be an astounding volume of information from veterans of all wars, properly recorded and preserved for our children, grandchildren, great-great-great-great-grandchildren, and so on. Can you imagine being able to grow up listening to these stories?
It really makes me wonder what it would have been like to have heard stories like this when I was growing up. What kind of difference will it make for future generations? It’s hard to think that a project like this wouldn’t change the world. I’m anticipating that it will.