The Mighty Endeavor activates partnerships around the state to engage school-ages students, libraries, veterans and youth organizations. All information gathered will be uploaded to the Veterans' Legacies database at www.veteranslegacies.com. Once a veteran’s story is entered, it will become part of a free resource that will serve current and future generations.
This first phase of The Mighty Endeavor will focus on OREGON. It will include stories about:
Military veterans who served from Oregon, or are currently living here, or passed away here.
COLLECT AND PRESERVE
Email, phone, Skype and face to face interviews will be employed to collect photos, video, journals, and stories of individuals. The information will be uploaded to our database and will be immediately available for students, teachers, and the population at large.
Our database, www.veteranslegacies.com, is available at no charge to anyone who wishes to upload information or access stories.
The goal is to collect stories of approximately 152,000 WWII veterans who enlisted from Oregon.
A GOOD START
Working closely with the National Archives, the Mighty Endeavor has uploaded approximately 90,000 records of veterans who enlisted from Oregon. These records will be searchable by city and county and will give our researches a name and basic information to begin building a biography from.
In partnership with OregonASK, the State Library of Oregon, the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon WWII Memorial, the Oregon Military Museum, volunteers throughout the state will embark on a grassroots journey to connect with individuals and their families. Individuals and families are encouraged to participate as well!
Through a coordinated communication effort, The Mighty Endeavor has developed a curriculum to provide guidelines, instructions and support for those interested in working on the project.
We encourage teachers, students, families, and services groups to take on this project in local communities to help ensure that we reach the largest number of veterans and individuals who participated in the war effort.