‘Coming Home’ Airs in Honor of Veterans Day

Posted November 7, 2003 at 1:27pm

The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress will air a one-hour radio special on WAMU 88.5 FM at 8 p.m. Tuesday in honor of Veterans Day. Called “Coming Home,” the special draws from the project’s collection of more than 26,000 items representing 9,200 veterans and civilians.

Former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.), who lost both his legs and right arm to a grenade blast in the Vietnam War, will host the program.

Sixteen veterans from 11 states will share their stories, including Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who served in Vietnam with his brother. He will speak about his experience of being blown up by a 500-pound land mine.

Librarian of Congress James Billington will speak about how war stories affected America, and historian Mike Perry will describe the different homecomings from World War I to Vietnam.

Also coinciding with Veterans Day is a second Web site with 24 additional digitalized oral histories featuring Rep. Amo Houghton (R-N.Y), Cleland and Hagel, three of five Congressmen who sponsored legislation to fund the Veterans History Project in October 2000. The new Web site will be available on Veterans Day at www.loc.gov/warstories.

— Carolyn Shuckerow