FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WUSF Public Media Handed Over “My Last Tour” Material to the Library of Congress Veterans History ProjectAudio and archival material features interviews with U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Rex Temple during the airman’s final deployment to Afghanistan
TAMPA, Fla. (August 3, 2012) – More than 30 people gathered last Friday afternoon at WUSF Public Media’s studios in Tampa as the public media organization handed over the “My Last Tour” audio and archival material to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Congressman Bill Young, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, and WUSF Public Media General Manager JoAnn Urofsky were joined by members of the USF and military communities and station staff, as retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Rex Temple presented the material to project director, Bob Patrick.
“The importance of this project was made clear to me when I heard Honor Flight veterans retell their compelling and heroic stories during their visits to our nation’s capital,” said Congressman Young. “These are stories that we must preserve and remember because we need to remember the sacrifices our men and women have made. Americans need to remember what has made America great. That is what the Veterans History Project is all about.”
“Military veterans and their families are such a big part of our community here in Tampa Bay,” said Congresswoman Castor. “Reporting on veterans and military affairs through projects like “My Last Tour” and archiving them with the Library of Congress is not only honoring those families but preserving part of our history.”
“The “My Last Tour” project features WUSF reporter Bobbie O’Brien’s weekly interview with SMSgt. Temple during the airman’s final deployment to Afghanistan between May 2009 and April 2010.
The passing of the material officially launches the Veterans History Project and will use Temple’s series as an example of the projects it hopes to collect from veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The project is also collecting stories from veterans of all generations, including WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
“It was a great experience for WUSF Public Media to participate in a project that impacted so many people in our community,” said Urofsky. “It is an honor for the work of our reporters and staff to be included in the Library of Congress archives.”
If you would like to view the archives of “My Last Tour”, visit the WUSF Public Media website at http://www.wusf.usf.edu/news/specialreport/afghanistan_my_last_tour.
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project is still collecting material. If you have a first-hand remembrance of veterans, please visit the project website at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
About The Library of Congress Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
About WUSF Public Media
WUSF Public Media is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Media serves the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.
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