Missouri Project preserving the memories of veterans

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/382427/3/Missouri-Project-preserving-the-memories-of-veterans
June 28, 2017

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KSDK) — A Missouri volunteer organization is dedicated to the spirit of Memorial Day, 365 days a year.

The Missouri Veterans History Project was created and funded as part of a State preservation project and spearheaded by State Rep. Jill Schupp.

Budget cuts yanked the funding for the project back in 2011. Since then, it’s been manned by a force of entirely unpaid volunteers, and it’s growing exponentially.

Volunteers travel as far as they can, meeting veterans of all ages from every war. They aim to record and produce hours of unedited videos from all the interviews they can get.

Since 2011, they’ve grown from about three volunteers to 28. The group now interviews about six veterans per week, all without a single taxpayer dime.

“I know my grandfather’s name, I know where he’s buried, but I know nothing about the guy,” Said volunteer and historian Phillip Mordrell. “What we try to do is for everybody’s children, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, to know who their ancestors were.”

Veterans and volunteers interested in participating can call (573) 522-4220 or email [email protected] Donations are welcomed.

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