The Trust for the National Mall Announces Collaboration with Veterans History Project

Nearly 50 new Stories of Service added to WWII Memorial app

Trust for the National Mall

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Kristine Fitton

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KFitton@nationalmall.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014) — The Trust for the National Mall, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, has added nearly 50 additional World War II veterans’ stories to the Trust’s award-winning World War II Memorial mobile app.  
 
As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall and the rich history preserved on its grounds, the Trust is proud to take part in this effort to share the experiences of World War II veterans representing every state in America. The first-hand accounts of each man and woman profiled in the app includes photos and compelling tales from each veteran’s military experience.
 
“This compilation of stories paints a rich portrait of American service and sacrifice in World War II,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall. “Together with the Veterans History Project, we will ensure the experiences of America’s Greatest Generation are not forgotten.”
 
The collaboration is part of the Trust’s 21st Century Learning Initiative to preserve the living history of the National Mall for generations to come, and the Veteran History Project’s congressional mandate to make its collections accessible to all Americans.
 
“The classic architectural features, the Freedom Wall and the echoing quotes of the World War II Memorial give thought to those who visit there about the service and sacrifice of America’s WWII veterans,” said Bob Patrick, director of the Veterans History Project. “By adding their own words and personal accounts from the Veterans History Project, these veterans come to life and speak in a way that inspires the listener to gain a better understanding of the most important event of the past century.“ 
 
In addition to making accessible this new series of veterans’ profiles, the Trust’s free mobile app allows users to virtually explore the World War II Memorial, as well as to learn more about the history of World War II and how their own state contributed to the war effort. It’s designed for visitors to the memorial as well as those researching information about the memorial and World War II remotely. 
 
The World War II Memorial app is the first of its kind developed by the Trust for the National Mall. Plans are underway to use mobile technology in other areas of the park to help tell America’s story in new and engaging ways that complement the majestic monuments that make up the National Mall.  
 
“Initiatives like this will help to educate a whole new generation about the National Mall and what it stands for,” said Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. “We know that young people are interacting with the world in new ways and that the National Park Service needs to keep up if we are to remain relevant. This app will help us do that.”
 
The World War II Memorial app was made possible in partnership with The Altria Group, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Friends of the National WWII Memorial, and the National Park Service. As supporters of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, The Altria Group and the Dr. Scholl Foundation have contributed more than $3 million to the Trust to develop engaging and interactive education experiences both on the National Mall and online.
 
Download the WWII Memorial App for iTunes -- http://bit.ly/WWIIiTunes 
Download the WWII Memorial App for Google Play -- http://bit.ly/WWIIGoogle 
 
       
 
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About the Trust for the National Mall
The Trust for the National Mall is the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall, while providing new educational and volunteer opportunities that connect the park’s 29 million annual visitors to the National Mall’s rich history. For more information on the Trust for the National Mall, please visit www.nationalmall.org.
 
The WWII Memorial app is part of the Trust for the National Mall’s 21st Century Learning Initiative, and was developed to enhance the visitor experience with details on the history and meaning of the World War II Memorial and its significance to the American experience. For more information on the WWII Memorial app, please visit http://bit.ly/WWIIAppTNM. 
 
About the Library of Congress Veterans History Project
The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Access the Library’s website at www.loc.gov.
 
Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as a national documentation program of the American Folklife Center (www.loc.gov/folklife/) to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of wartime veterans who served in the United States military in any capacity from World War I through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The Project relies on volunteers to record veterans’ remembrances using easy-to-follow guidelines accessible at www.loc.gov/vets. Volunteers may request more information at vohp@loc.gov or the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to VHP’s RSS on the VHP home page.