Preserving veterans' stories for future generations

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the National World War II Museum, more than 300 World War II veterans die every day.

Sixteen million Americans served in World War II and today there are less than 600,000 left alive.

The Veterans History Project is trying to preserve the stories of these American heroes. It's a project put forth by the Library of Congress.

On Tuesday, experts on oral history conducted a workshop at Florida State University Panama City to teach volunteers the best way to conduct and record interviews with veterans. The hope is future generations will learn and grow from the stories preserved through this project.

Jean Strickland, a World War II veteran, said, "Well, it just will help. I think any time you can help another generation... they need it."

Strickland was in the Coast Guard during World War II.

When asked why she joined the Coast Guard, she said, "They wanted women to join the service to relieve the men to go overseas. There were so many fronts and they needed so many men. I started thinking about it and I thought well, I'm not married."

Strickland was in the Coast Guard for more than a year and has many stories to share.

She said, "When I was first sent out to the base, I was in San Francisco before that, there were only eight women at the base."

Strickland is glad that people are doing their best to preserve them.

If you want to volunteer with the Veterans History Project click here.