Troy Veterans Group Works To Save Stories
Lincoln County Veterans attending "Veterans Coffee Talk" at the Troy Senior Center celebrate the $1,000 Operation Round Up grant to help purchase video equipment for the Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP). The group meets 9 - 10 a.m. each Thursday. To learn more about the Lincoln County MVHP project or "Veterans Coffee Talk" contact Roger Kiesey at 636.528.7935.
Volunteers working on behalf of the Missouri Veterans History Project (MVHP) in Lincoln County are recording stories of local veterans, with a little help from Operation Round Up. The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board, which disperses funds members donate through Operation Round Up, awarded grants totaling $1,000 to help purchase video equipment for the project.
“It means a lot to me as a veteran to participate in this program,” said Dan Vititoe of Troy. "I was able to share my experiences of proudly serving in the 963rd Field Artillery in Europe. It feels good knowing that our stories are being documented and will be available for future generations to view.”
“Veterans have a unique perspective regarding our history,” said Roger Kiesey, MVHP Lincoln County Coordinator. “Our mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of these American war veterans so future generations may hear directly from our Missouri veterans and better understand the realities of war.” According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, our nation loses nearly 900 veterans every day.
"A team of seven Lincoln County volunteers is using the video equipment to record and document the personal interviews of the men and women who proudly served our great country,” says Mike Woods, MVHP Videographer.
According to MVHP Interviewer Ray Lopez, this includes veterans from World War II (1939-1946), the Korean War (1950-1955), Vietnam War (1961-1975), Persian Gulf War (1990-1995), Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present).
“We are very thankful for the support of the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members who contribute to Operation Round Up,” says Kiesey. The Missouri Veterans History Project relies strictly on donations. Contributions are welcome and can be sent to: MVHP Lincoln County, P.O. Box 461, Columbia, MO 65203.
Veterans are invited to attend the “Veterans Coffee Talk” social event held every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Troy Senior Center, 1380 Boone Street, Troy. To learn more about the history project visit www.mvhp.net, or contact Kiesey at 636.528.7935 for information or to schedule a veteran interview.
Missouri Veterans History Project, founded in 2011 by volunteers, is a not-for-profit corporation that records and produces the movies. More than 45 MVHP documentaries are now included in the National Veterans History Project “Courage, Patriotism and Community” presentation that includes letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and memoirs of America's war veterans. The National Veterans History Project, which is an effort of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., preserves and presents the veterans' personal stories.
Operation Round Up funds are administered by seven volunteers for the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. Funds help individuals, families and organizations within the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative service area. The program goal is to help address needs in the areas of health, youth, education, home weatherization, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources.
More than $4 million have been awarded since Operation Round Up began in 1997. To inquire or obtain a grant application visit www.cuivre.com or call 800.392.3709, ext. 230, 234 or 330.
The video camera is the focus here, recently purchased with Operation Round Up funds to help record personal stories of Lincoln County's American war veterans for the Missouri Veterans History Project. A team of volunteer videographers and interviewers will use the equipment.