REMEMBRANCE & HEALING
Sharing Your Stories: Capturing Oral History
Encouraging Veterans to Share Their War Experiences
There is much to learn from our nation’s veterans. However, for some veterans, it can be painful to revisit the memories and difficult to talk about the experiences of war. Families and friends are often very curious but, because the veteran may not bring it up, they feel they shouldn't. Each veteran’s experience with war is an important part of history that should be passed on to future generations. And, though difficult, sharing these stories can have a powerful healing effect both for veterans and their families. The form below provides an opportunity for you to write about your experiences.
How to Begin
Sometimes getting through the experience of sharing your story the first time is the most difficult part of all. If you would like, please share your story with us by answering some or all of the questions above and submitting them on the form below. We would be proud to post some of your submissions on the National Memorial Day Concert website because we feel it is so important that we share our stories with one another. Please indicate on the form whether we have your permission to post your submission.
The above questionnaire was compiled by Helen Fitzgerald, a certified death educator (CDE), author and lecturer, and her husband, a veteran of WWII. Source material is from the website of the National D-Day Museum New Orleans.
WWII Veteran Charles Durning, recipient of a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts, shares his harrowing personal account of landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day.
“I miss him so much and am so proud he was my Daddy Charles, in addition to being a WW II veteran. I still remember sitting on the floor intently look through his scrapbooks of pictures taken during the war. He would sit beside me with an opened atlas nearby so he could show me where the pictures were taken.”
Donna Stone Ewing