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Contest keeps veterans' stories alive

iHistory Project founder Jeffrey Worthington envisioned bridging the generation gap between World War II veterans and today’s youth. Through the use of social media, Worthington’s vision has become a reality.

 iHistory Project has created a YouTube contest that encourages youth to keep history alive by connecting with and interviewing a disappearing generation – World War II veterans. The video contest challenges students, ages 12 to 18, to create a mini-documentary of a World War II veteran where they will hear first-hand accounts of history. Each applicant will film a 30-minute interview with a World War II veteran, which will be archived in the Library of Congress, as well as a three- to five-minute documentary that shares the soldier’s mark on American history.

Video submissions will be accepted from March 7-28, and voting will take place April 4-11. The winning film will be announced in May with a reward of starring in a full-length documentary.

To learn more about iHistory Project’s YouTube contest, its rules and important dates, click here.