Crow Supports Veterans’ Heritage Project Reception
Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University (ASU), was the keynote speaker at this year’s Veterans Heritage Project Reception and Book Signing April 21. Veterans, local dignitaries and students came together to honor those who have served our country and celebrated the publishing of the ninth annual volumes of “Since You Asked: Arizona Veterans Share their Memories,” this year a two-volume set of the stories of Phoenix and Tucson/Show Low veterans.
President Crow said it was fitting for the event to take place on an ASU campus, ASU West, given the university’s record of strong support for veterans. “ASU is dedicated to meeting the needs of our nation’s military veterans,” said Crow. “We are fully committed to our veterans’ success and provide support to them on all ASU campuses.”
Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) connects middle and high school students with veterans to document their stories. These essays are then compiled by project members (students) into published volumes of stories, which are sent to the Library of Congress through Veterans Heritage Project to be forever preserved in our national library. Veterans’ families also receive a DVD of their veteran’s service.
The project, founded by Barbara Hatch as a club at Cactus Shadows High School has grown to 14 chapters: Show Low High School; Tucson’s Ironwood Ridge High School and Tanque Verde High School; Paradise Valley’s Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School; Musical Theatre of Anthem; Millennium High School in Goodyear; Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School and the district’s service learning program; Sandra Day O’Connor High School; and Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. In 2010, VHP established its 501(c)(3) status.