December 7, 1941: “a date which will live in infamy.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words ring true, as 75 years later, America continues to remember and commemorate that fateful morning. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor signaled America’s entry into the Second World War, but also united Americans like few events in our history. Over the years at AVC, we have collected numerous stories from Pearl Harbor veterans and worked to honor their legacy and sacrifice.
About the WWII Veterans Committee
The World War II Veterans Committee got its start with the highly successful World War II Chronicles radio series. This series, hosted by the late Ed Herlihy – known as the “Voice of WWII” – became a big hit nationwide with over 500 stations carrying the weekly series in the 1990’s. Following the success of the series, the World War II veterans committee was launched and became our nation’s premier organization dedicated to the delivery of veterans stories through all forms of media.
The WWII Veterans Committee and its parent organization, the American Veterans Center, supports a wide range of programs including film, television, radio and publications in an effort to preserve the legacy of the World War II generation for current and future generations.
The World War II Veterans Committee and American Veterans Center are projects of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3)non-profit educational foundation. Donations made to either organization are tax-deductible.
Help Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of World War II
The mission of the WWII Veterans Committee is even more crucial this year, in 2016, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.
In 2013, the Department of Defense spent $7.5 million to commemorate the 6th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
Congress also set aside $100 million for a 13-year program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, which began last year.
But Congress has budgeted nothing to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II. That’s why it’s vital that the World War II Veterans Committee forms a special 75th Anniversary Commission. Here’s how you can help.
The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes
Some of the greatest stories of World War II and military history were honored at the American Veterans Center’s program, The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes. The televised Emmy-winning awards show featured stories of valor from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. Watch the full program here.
A Final Toast: Documentary
The story of 80 men – and one mission that changed a war and defined a generation. While the story of the Doolittle Raid has been told many times, this retelling will look closely at the Raiders as individual men, the mission that changed the war, and the legacy they left behind. Produced by the American Veterans Center & Tim Gray Media.
AVC Oral History: John S. Weston
World War II veteran John Weston joined the U.S. Army in 1941 as part of the 758th Tank Battalion. In November 2015, AVC had the honor of conducting this interview with Weston at the annual Veterans Day Conference. Two months later, on December 29, 2015, John S. Weston passed away. This film was made in his honor, as well as all veterans of the history-making 758th Tank Battalion.
World War II Curriculum
The World War II Veterans Committee’s comprehensive World War II Curriculum seeks to give high school teachers a valuable tool in teaching the true history of the Second World War. The curriculum is designed to preserve and document the legacy of the world’s greatest conflict in a way that is simple for teachers and engaging for students.
Become a Part of History
The Veterans Video History Contest allows high school students to become a part of history! Students are encouraged to collect oral histories of veterans from all generations and produce their own video documenting stories of valor.
Learn how to get involved!