This special occasion provides all Americans with an opportunity to come together and pay tribute to the nearly 21.5 million veterans who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, our country will celebrate Veterans Day. For those history buffs, this day was originally named Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I, which was on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.

This special occasion provides all Americans with an opportunity to come together and pay tribute to the nearly 21.5 million veterans who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces.

It’s important that we take time to remember the veterans in our lives. We owe an immeasurable amount of gratitude to those heroes. Their everlasting courage and bravery has helped to ensure that America will always be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

From one history buff to another, I would like to share an opportunity with you to ensure that our veteran’s story becomes a part of America’s rich history. Several years ago, at the direction of Congress, the Library of Congress created the Veterans History Project. The project was established to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. There are over 100,000 stories that have been collected and now will remain archived in the Library of Congress forever.

Anyone can view the Veterans History Project or find out more about contributing to the project by visiting www.loc.gov/vets/. I would encourage you to take some time and listen to the stories of the true patriots of our great country.

Let’s honor our veterans this year by making sure our nation’s history tells the story of the brave men and women who have selflessly served the United States of America.