The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
VHP’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Chief Judge Jorge L. Ortiz announced that Lake County’s 19th Judicial Circuit, various partners of the Lake County legal community and the County of Lake will participate together in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. On Veterans Day morning, Friday, November 11, 2016, veterans are invited to come to the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan to give their oral histories, which will be transcribed by licensed court reporters and archived at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The program has been presented in the courthouse since 2012 and is a moving and inspirational experience for all who attend.
The Veterans Day event begins with breakfast and a program of welcome in the atrium of the County Building. The legendary Honorable William J. Bauer, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, himself a WW II veteran, will be the guest of honor at the event. After a brief program including breakfast and a group photo, the veterans registered for the event will tell their story with the assistance of volunteer interviewers and licensed court reporters.