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Local Documentary Film Submitted to Library of Congress
Veterans History Project film MEDIC! helps preserve local veterans’ stories
Washington, D.C. – Today MEDIC! was formally submitted to the Library of Congress by the office of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and teachers from Westminster High School in Colorado. The MEDIC! documentary film highlights the stories of five brave veterans who served their country and their fellow veterans as combat medics. The film was produced by the faculty and students of Westminster High School and premiered in May 2016."We are honored to have been able to contribute the film MEDIC! to the Veterans History Project. Hearing our veterans tell their stories in their own words was an once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Chris Williams, video cinema arts teacher at Westminster High School. “We are grateful to Congressman Perlmutter's office and his incredible staff for selecting Westminster High School for this important project. We hope that many more people will have the chance to view our film now that it is officially part of the Library of Congress collection.”
“The MEDIC! oral history project and student film showcases the community veterans, students, and Congressional outreach that sustains the Library of Congress Veterans History Project," said Karen Lloyd, VHP Director and a veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.
“MEDIC! is truly a unique and significant piece of history that includes in-depth research, in-house graphics and animation, and its very own original musical score,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “A big thanks to the faculty and students of Westminster High School and to the Veterans History Project for helping to preserve and share our local veterans’ stories.”
The Veterans History Project (VHP) is a congressionally chartered project and is part of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as a way to collect, preserve, and make accessible personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
MEDIC! is the fourth VHP film that Perlmutter’s office has helped produce, the first with high school students. Rep. Perlmutter’s office has collaborated with local community colleges to produce three other Veterans History Project films: The Wars We Fought (2007), The Greatest Generation: Operation Detachment (2011), and Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor (2014).
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