Established in 2000 by the U.S. Congress, the Veterans History Project is a nationwide movement to record and preserve the lives and stories of U.S. veterans as a legacy for their families and future generations. North County resident Stan Smith, a World War II veteran, was one of the first to be interviewed for the project out of Congressman Scott Peters’ office, and thought so highly of his experience that he volunteered to recruit and interview other local veterans to tell their stories.

“I have personally heard many exciting and emotional stories from several notable veterans, including men who were bombed on ships at Pearl Harbor in 1941. I believe the entire country could benefit by these stories before they are lost forever,” shared Stan. All local veterans are eligible to participate in this project. For those interested in participating, contact Stan directly at 858-485-5398. To learn more visit www.loc.gov/vets.