On Friday, April 26, Auburn High School will host Vietnam veterans for oral history interviews in an effort to honor their service and preserve their story. Those wishing to share stories of their service can reserve an interview for the time best for them with interviews offered throughout the day at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Interviews are audio-recorded and normally last between an hour to 90 minutes. Two or three students lead the interview process, allowing them to become the historians for that day. Having concluded a month-long study of Vietnam, students work with professional historians to build their interview skills before leading the oral history session. Questions are carefully crafted to allow veterans to respond with the memories they wish to share. In addition to participating veterans receiving a copy of their interview, a copy will be archived with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.
Auburn High is an official partner of the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration program and participating veterans who have not already been so recognized will be presented with the 50th anniversary commemoration lapel pin. Interviews have also been officially endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
For more information or to sign up for an interview, please email Auburn High School history teacher, Dr. Blake Busbin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Auburn High School at (334) 887-2120. Auburn High School is located at 1701 E. Samford Ave.