Students in Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School teacher Matthew McDonald’s 20th century history class invited local veterans to their school Thursday, March 21, to hear their firsthand accounts of the nation's armed conflicts.

The students and veterans shared conversation over a lunch prepared by Colgan’s culinary arts students.  After the meal, each veteran participated in a student-led interview, recorded by audio or video, recounting their wartime experiences and transitions back into civilian life.  

The interviews will be submitted to the Library of Congress to be included in thAmerican Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project

The project aims to preserve American war veterans personal accounts so future generations may better understand the realities of war.  


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