The Voices of Freedom visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA on May 18 – 19 to take part in the 2018 version of Army Heritage Days. This is the first time the VOF has participated in the annual event. Rain the morning of the first day and threats of rain the remainder of the weekend kept crowds low, however, those that attended were greeted with tank and halftrack demonstrations and reenactors depicting army units from colonial days to present. The Army Heritage and Education Center was also open to visitors and provided those visitors with walk through of the Army’s rich history. The Voices of Freedom conducted … Continue reading
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The Voices of Freedom brought the Mobile Recording Studio to Reading, PA on June 1, 2 and 3 for the annual World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. This marks the 4th year the VOF has participated in the event. As was the case in Carlisle two weeks prior, the threat of ran hung over the event all three days, however, for most of the weekend it held off. The exception was Sunday afternoon when the overcast sky gave way to some light rain. Some of the scheduled aerial demonstrations where altered but for the most part, the event went on as planed. Crowds were lighter than in … Continue reading
Rishi Sharma is an amazing young man. At 19 years old, he is on a quest to interview as many World War II veterans as he can before the last one is gone. And he is doing it while living out of his car and relying on funding from individuals through his Go Fund Me page. We had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Rishi in Reading, PA at the 2017 World War II Weekend. Watch his interview below and please take a look at this website located at Heroes of the Second World War.
The VFW conducted its first poppy distribution before Memorial Day in 1922, becoming the first veterans’ organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.It was during the 1923 encampment that the VFW decided that VFW Buddy Poppies be assembled by disabled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work to provide them with some form of financial assistance. The plan was formally adopted during the VFW’s 1923 encampment. The next year, disabled veterans at the Buddy Poppy factory in Pittsburgh assembled VFW Buddy Poppies. The designation “Buddy Poppy” was adopted … Continue reading
The Voices of Freedom participated in the 2017 Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show in Virginia Beach, Virginia on May 20 and 21. By all measures the show was a success. Interviewed at this years event were 5 World War II veterans, 1 Vietnam veteran, 1 Desert Storm veteran and 1 home front story from the Vietnam War.
The end of 2016 marks the completion of the 6th year for the Voices of Freedom Project and the second full year of the deployment of the Mobile Recording Studio, affectionately referred to as “The RV.” The RV has allowed the VOFP to travel outside the Washington DC metro area to capture stories of services members and to spread the word about the museum. The VOFP conducted 95 interviews; 40 percent were of World War II veterans, 33 percent were Vietnam veterans and the balance was divided among various other wars and conflicts. Some of the notable interviews included that of U.S. Army Nurse, Elizabeth Lewis. Ms. Lewis served during WWII in both the Atlantic and … Continue reading