Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project provides time and space for vets to tell their stories

Written by on June 24, 2021

Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project provides time and space for vets to tell their stories

By Ben Stemrich

June 24, 2021

Photo | Courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project

The Vietnam War along with WWI and WWII are often only learned about in textbooks. But every man and woman who served has a story to tell. 

Listen to the story.

Like so many other things, the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project came to a screeching halt due to the pandemic. 

After 15 months, Mike Seward, the project’s chairman, founder and historian, is ready to get back to the stories. 

“You are not going to re-hear these stories in history books,” Seward says, “These are stories that are very personal, some are sad and tragic, and they can be funny at the same time.”

One of the nearly 500 service men and women who the local chapter has interviewed since 2007 is David Binder of Allentown. He came home from Vietnam in 1967 after serving in the Navy.

“It was 35 years later when the first question was asked about Vietnam and I decided for so long that nobody cared about it, nobody asked any questions, now that they’re asking I have to talk about it,” Binder says.

The nonprofit is having it’s first event and fundraiser since the pandemic. It begins at 1 p.m. on June 26 at the Active Life Center in Allentown.

Seward says the public is invited to listen. 

“We’re trying to make up for some lost time. Time is not on our side. So we’re bringing in 12 (veterans), putting each of them at a table and opening it up to the public, a meet and greet, sit down and talk with a veteran hear their stories and go table to table,” Seward says. 

The interviews from the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project and other chapters around the country are archived at the Library of Congress.

For more information or to make a donation you can visit the project’s website 

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