Sponsors National D-Day Museum; New 'Living History Project' Captures Stories of WWII Veterans; WWII Meets the WWW

Jun 02, 2000, 01:00 ET from

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- (
 today announced its five-star sponsorship of the National D-Day Museum.
 Through this sponsorship and the recently launched Living History Project, is collecting the stories of World War II veterans and preserving
 them online.
     The National D-Day Museum honors the men and women who served in World War
 II in Europe, the Pacific, Africa and on the homefront.  The museum, founded
 by Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose, military historian and advisor to,
 will house a collection of more than 2,000 oral histories from veterans.
 Grand opening ceremonies for the museum will be held in New Orleans from June
 3 - 6.
     Through's new "Living History" initiative, veterans attending
 the National D-Day Museum grand opening ceremonies will be among the first to
 have their stories permanently archived on  By interviewing
 veterans in person and posting their stories online,'s Living
 History Project ensures that World War II memories and accounts of D-Day will
 be immortalized on the World Wide Web.  Visitors to can now click
 on the "History" tab to find examples of the detailed recollections of
 veterans' wartime experiences.
     " is bringing World War II history to the World Wide Web,"
 said Christopher Michel, CEO of  "As World War II veterans grow
 older, we have a limited amount of time to capture their heroic tales and
 immortalize their stories.  We are using the Internet to ensure that
 generations young and old have access to their first-person accounts of D-Day
 and other historic military events."
     The Living History Project 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
     About ( 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. is the destination site connecting this community
 and offering members meaningful content, resources and services. As custodians
 of America's military heritage, collects the stories of the men
 and women who have served. 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. 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 National D-Day Museum
     The National D-Day Museum celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork,
 optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won World War II and
 promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations.
 For more information on the full schedule of grand opening events, visit the
 museum's Web site at