Each American Veteran has a story of bravery and selfless sacrifice, but without documenting these countless stories, they could be lost forever. U.S. Representative Steve Southerland hosted a group of North Florida Veterans to permanently note their personal accounts.
"Where did I serve, from the tip of Korea to a chosen reservoir. It was a different hillside and different hole in the ground constantly," said Harry Robert Davis, a Korean War Veteran.
Davis shared his experience in the Korean War. He served in the Marine Corp from 1948 to 1952 and spent about two of those years in Korea, working with demolition and water purification.
Davis and five other area veterans gather with Southerland and staff to record and document their stories for The Veterans History Project and Library of Congress and Washington D.C. Each American War was represented Monday afternoon beginning with World War II up to the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
Southerland said he's thankful these heroes shared their stories and can be an inspiration for generations to come.
"We are blessed because we do have large numbers of active duty as well as veterans and so to be able to do this here in our hometown and to be able to have these stories sent to the Library of Congress is very, very special for me."
Southerland expects it to take a few months to edit and officially publish the audio recordings in the library and online.