U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, is asking veterans in the 3rd Congressional District to share their stories so they can be preserved in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.
The 3rd Congressional District includes all or parts of Lockport, Romeoville, Crest Hill, Homer Glen and Lemont, and stretches to the southwest side of Chicago.
Lipinski's office will set up a recorded interview for interested veterans at their home or a local site, according to a news release from the congressman's office. The Veterans History Project collects, preserves and makes accessible the accounts of veterans so current and future generations can better understand the contributions and sacrifices they made.
"I encourage all veterans who are able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share their stories," Lipinski said in the release. "These interviews will be recorded for posterity. Our heroes are not just those we read about in the history books, but every man and woman who has served our nation in uniform."
The recordings will be housed in permanent collections of the Library of Congress. They will be available to researchers, scholars, authors and anyone else visiting the library.
Veterans can call Lipinski's Chicago office at 773-948-6223 for more information or to schedule an interview. After their interview is done, participants will receive a copy and another copy will be sent to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
For information, go to the website lipinski.house.gov.