Local veterans are being urged to take part in the Veterans History Project organized by the Library of Congress to preserve the experiences of the nation's veterans.

"There is no better way to honor and give thanks to our war veterans than to have their personal experience recorded as part of the permanent historical record of our nation," said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4. "I hope veterans from across the district along with their friends, family and neighbors will join this effort to create a collection of memories to present to the Library of Congress."

Congress created the project to collect and preserve audio- and videotaped oral histories from war veterans, along with photographs, diaries and letters. According to Himes, when the project was created it was imagined there would be broad public involvement, such as grandchildren interviewing grandparents; students talking with veterans, and local libraries, museums and civic groups initiating their own projects.

Himes said personal accounts from veterans, letters or memories from friends and family members and group submissions are welcome, and he plans to travel to veterans' posts, auxiliaries and clubs to conduct his own interviews.

Instructions and guidelines for participation are available on the Veterans History Project website -- www.loc.gov/vets -- or by calling 1-888-371-5848. Constituents who would like assistance submitting their story or that of a loved one should contact Peter Yazbak in Himes' Bridgeport office at 1-866-453-0028.