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VETERANS' STORIES MUST BE PRESERVED

I would like to congratulate The News for its wonderful article on Harold Robinson and the other African-American veterans who appeared in the Nov. 10 Viewpoints section. It was a wonderful tribute to him and the others who served in the U.S. armed forces over the years.

One concern that was raised is that the stories of their service are being lost as they die. It is estimated that 1,500 veterans of World War II are lost every day. To prevent more stories from being lost, the Library of Congress has established the Veterans' Oral History Project. Through a partnership with the American Folklore Society, the Library of Congress is providing the chance to learn how to collect the stories of veterans of all conflicts through free workshops. These workshops can be set up by community groups, schools and veterans' groups. Those interested can visit the Web site at www.loc.gov/vets.

NANCY PIATKOWSKI
Kenmore

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