Library Video Series Honors Those Who Served Our Country

We're not letting the pandemic get the best of our annual Veterans Day celebration, it's just going to look a little different this year. Instead of an in-person event, we're premiering a special video.

In Their Own Words, honors veterans through the power of storytelling. The video highlights the librarys extensive Veterans History Project archive on YouTube that features hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans.  

“As sad as we are not to be honoring all our veterans in person with our annual program, we are thrilled to be able to share their stories with the community,” said Paula Brehm-Heeger, the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library. “We hope everyone takes the time Nov. 11 to safely thank and recognize the veterans in their own communities.” 

The video program presents poignant moments from these interviews and share more information about the project, as well as information about how viewers at home can support local veterans in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The series airs tomorrow morning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020, but can viewed at any time afterwards. 

The playlist includes: 

  • Introductory words from Brehm-Heeger about Veterans Day 2020
  • Veterans History Project montage
  • Video of Reference Librarian Brian Powers interviewing Ray Hughes who was an airman second class in the Air Force. He grew up in Over-the-Rhine, and both his father and grandfather served in World War II. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and served until 1960. Hughes has been a volunteer for the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Downtown Main Library as a consultant for military history since 2014.   

Our librarians also curated a special list of materials in honor of Veterans Day. You can check out the adult list below or check out the kids list and teen list

Books to Honor Our Veterans

Commemorate Veterans Day with a patriotic read to honor our courageous veterans.

President George W. Bush paints members of the U.S. military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11.

Go behind the scenes with Senator Tom Cotton, a former member of Arlington National Cemetery's Old Guard (the Army's official ceremonial unit founded in 1784) as they perform duties and stand guard at soldiers' funerals.

Included here are 156 Medal of Honor recipients, captured with a contemporary portrait by award-winning photographer Nick Del Calzo and profiled with moving text by National Book Award nominee Peter Collier.

Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery is the burial place for the casualties of America’s most recent conflicts.

This moving book highlights some of the many objects left by visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Marine Jake Wood found healing and purpose after returning from combat by aiding victims of Haiti's earthquake and founding Team Rubicon, a disaster-response organization connecting volunteer veterans to communities.

When journalist Brokaw returned to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he gratefully came to understand that this generation of Americans is the greatest generation any society has ever produced.

The author of Washington's Immortals describes the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and tells the stories of those laid to rest there, as well as the veterans serving as Body Bearers.

Finkel stays with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion (The Good Soldiers, 2009) after they return home to Ft. Riley, KS. Plagued with physical and psychological wounds, they are fighting the good fight every day. (Booklist)

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To learn more about the Veterans History Project at  

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