Let's Go: The George Washington University Veterans History Writing Project is a French Embassy Center of Excellence multimedia writing project commemorating the liberation of France. The project aims not only to record the history of World War II, but also to capture the stories and experiences of U.S. World War II veterans in a manner that allows future generations to comprehend the human dimension of the conflict and its aftermath. In the process, the VHWP seeks to instill in U.S. students an appreciation of the sacrifices and lives of America’s Greatest Generation.
As part of the VHWP, a select group of GWU student-veterans and student-leaders from the GWU Debate & Literary Society traveled with the veterans of the 29th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army to the veterans’ historic “final landing” in Normandy, and were featured in the creation of the World War II Foundation documentary, "Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice." After premiering at GWU in May 2015, Omaha Beach aired on public television stations across the United States. In addition, the students created their own "documentary short" on their experience, Let's Go! The GWU Veterans Writing Project, which premiered at GWU along with Omaha Beach. To see photos of the students' trip, click here.
The VHWP also sponsored an essay competition for GWU students on the ongoing relevance of World War II, as well as a veterans' history series including student-written histories and interviews with WWII veterans. The winning essays and veteran histories have been posted to this site, and the veteran histories are being submitted to the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project to help ensure these veterans' stories are preserved for future generations.