SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Military.com (www.military.com), the
online home for the 80 million Americans with close ties to the military,
today launched the Military.com Living History Project, a groundbreaking
initiative that leverages the Internet to collect and immortalize the stories
of the millions of Americans who have served their country.
The Military.com Living History initiative is pursued in partnership with
the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans,
the world's largest source of oral histories by D-Day and Battle of the Bulge
veterans. This collection formed the basis for Stephen Ambrose's best-selling
books D-Day and Citizen Soldiers.
"This partnership will help us immortalize the stories of our citizen
soldiers by bringing their first-person accounts of military history to the
World Wide Web," said Ambrose, noted military historian, founding director of
the Eisenhower Center and an advisor to Military.com.
In partnership with the Eisenhower Center, Military.com will present
thousands of oral histories from the men and women of America's armed forces.
Moreover, the Living History Project will inspire veterans around the country
to tell their stories and contribute to this lasting legacy. Collecting
stories and images via the Internet enables widespread participation and easy
browsing of these engaging first-hand accounts.
"The Military.com Living History program salutes the spirit and sacrifice
of our veterans, and provides future generations important personal
perspectives on historical events," said Christopher Michel, CEO of
Military.com. "The Internet is an ideal medium for discovering and sharing the
stories of the many heroes in America's military community."
Currently, the Living History Program commemorates World War II with
special emphasis on D-Day. Later in June, the program will highlight Korean
War veterans on the 50th anniversary of that conflict.
Military.com's Living History Project includes:
* Oral Histories: Detailed recollections of veterans' wartime
* Veterans' Stories: Letters, photos and journal entries from members of
the U.S. Armed Forces from the American Revolution to the present.
* Retrospectives: Accounts of our nation's wars with veterans' words and
pictures supported by maps, biographies, articles and feedback from the
Military.com (www.military.com) is the online home for the 80 million
Americans with close ties to the military community: active duty, reserve,
guard members, retirees, veterans, defense workers, family members and
enthusiasts. Military.com is the destination site connecting this community
and offering members meaningful content, resources and services. As custodians
of America's military heritage, Military.com collects the stories of the men
and women who have served. Military.com gives voice to those who made history
and gives context to those who want to learn more.
The company, founded by an executive team that includes veterans of the
U.S. Armed Forces and high-tech professionals, is committed to using the
Internet as a better way to keep this community connected. Military.com has
offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and is funded by the Mayfield
Fund, U.S. Venture Partners, Broadview International and PRIMEDIA Ventures.
About the Eisenhower Center
The Eisenhower Center for American Studies is a nonprofit research
institute dedicated to the study and preservation of American history and
leadership from a variety of perspectives, including foreign policy, social
history, literature and popular culture.
The Eisenhower Center is located next door to the National D-Day Museum,
which will open on June 6, 2000. The D-Day museum grew from Eisenhower Center
Founding Director Stephen Ambrose's book D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic
Battle of World War II and Dr. Ambrose's collection of oral histories of D-Day
and Battle of the Bulge veterans. The Museum will feature artifacts from Utah
and Omaha Beach, including the Higgins Landing Craft. The Eisenhower Center
will serve as the research center for the D-Day Museum and other projects,
including The Majic Bus, the Stephen E. Ambrose Distinguished Speakers Series,
and scholarly conferences.