Warmamas visits Library of Congress
Library of Congress Washington, DC 11/9/2015
To those of you who have shared your stories:
For the past few years, Warmamas has been involved in compiling
veteran recordings, archived as part of the Veterans History Project
at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Increasingly curious
about the Library, I was finally able to visit and hear the recordings
of so many of the MVI participants of 2014 and 2015. There is
a certain dignity and solemnity that informs these voices
when heard in this remarkable public space.
Mr. Bob Patrick, retired US Army Colonel and Vietnam
Vietnam was named Director of the Veterans History
Project in 2006. The Project as part of the American Folklife Center
collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of
the American war veterans so that future generations may hear
directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Mr. Patrick was generous with his time and with great pride
showed me the Great Hall entrance in the Jefferson building. We
walked through the underground tunnels to the reading room where
I was able to listen to those familiar stories and voices. I hope each
of you will one day be able to visit and listen to your own story, in
your own voice. It is indeed a profound experience.
Robert W. "Bob" Patrick has been selected as the new director of the Veterans History Project, a
program of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress to collect and preserve oral
histories and documentary materials from veterans of World War I through the current conflicts.
Patrick comes to the Veterans History Project with more than 30 years of experience leading
organizations and is skilled in the areas of project management, human resources, veterans
affairs and policy development. For more than five years, he served a critical role in the National
World War II Memorial project and direcentrance in the Jeffereson ted the historic memorial
"I am honored to join the Veterans History Project," said Patrick. "Having worked for a number
of years in support of the goals of this important national effort, it has been a personal and
professional aspiration to be a part of this project and serve with this great group of dedicated
professionals who are preserving the inspiring stories of America’s veterans."
Patrick, a retired U.S. Army colonel, had served in a number of leadership positions, particularly
in the areas of administration and human resources, both overseas and in the states. Mr. Patrick is
a graduate of the United States Army War College. He received his masters in public
administration/public service at Western Kentucky University and a bachelor of arts in history
from the Virginia Military Institute.