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Thune Unveils Veterans History Project on New Website

--Senator Interviews his Father, Harold Thune, who Served During World War II --

June 13, 2008

Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today released his contribution to the Veterans History Project on his new Senate website, The Veterans History Project is sponsored by the Library of Congress and serves as a collection of war-related oral histories. Senator Thune interviewed his father, Harold Thune, about his experience as a World War II fighter pilot. Various portions of the interview can be viewed at:

"Interviewing my father for the Veterans History Project was a great way to learn more about his experiences during World War II. This interview is a small contribution to an already impressive collection of American history as told by those who made it," said Thune. "I encourage South Dakotans to consider making their own contributions to the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project. This is a great way to record a loved one's service to our nation, and to ensure their memories become a part of history for generations to come."

The Veterans History Project is part of the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center, which is the most extensive oral history project in American history. It features a collection of over 60,000 stories and thousands of photographs of brave men and women who made this country great.

"Father's Day, family reunions this summer, and other gatherings provide an excellent opportunity for families to capture the history of their loved ones who served our great nation. Unfortunately we lose part of our history every day and I hope others will join me in capturing these pieces of history to share with family and contribute to this important collection," said Thune.

For more information about submitting material to the Veterans History Project, please visit the Library of Congress's website at: