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Project will record, preserve veterans' memories of service

| Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:18 p.m.

Area veterans will have their tales of military service preserved on video as part of a new partnership between Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. and a group of volunteers, officials said on Thursday.

Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh in Partnership with Soldiers & Sailors is an oral history project to produce, preserve and share the experiences of Pittsburgh area veterans.

Kevin Farkas, a Navy veteran and Beaver County native, created the oral history video project in early 2011. He and other volunteers invited veterans to breakfasts, where they told stories about their military experience that were recorded.

"Telling a story with artifacts can only share a part of a veteran's story," said Soldiers & Sailors President John F. McCabe. "But to watch them tell their story and see their emotions firsthand will help future generations make a connection."

The museum has long wanted a video oral history project but has never had the staff and resources to manage it, according to Colleen Elms, a spokeswoman for Soldiers & Sailors.

The museum plans to have the oral histories available on its website.

"We have had this dream for years. It is our hope to record as many veterans as possible. Right now we are mostly focused on World War II veterans," Elms said.

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