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From July 3rd 2018 

ParadeRest now collecting Vietnam veterans' stories 

Matt Deegan (from left), project coordinator with ParadeRest, Bruce Eades, president of the Dogwood Memorial Foundation, and Gregory Saathoff, co-founder of ParadeRest, stand near the Charlottesville Dogwood Vietnam Memorial.

Matt Deegan (from left), project coordinator with ParadeRest, Bruce Eades, president of the Dogwood Memorial Foundation, and Gregory Saathoff, co-founder of ParadeRest, stand near the Charlottesville Dogwood Vietnam Memorial.

When Gregory Saathoff, founder of the Charlottesville nonprofit ParadeRest, heard that the last World War I U.S. veteran had died, he felt a pang of regret. An entire generation of veterans had passed on and they might not have all gotten the chance to tell their stories, he said.

“I didn’t want to make the same mistake I had with the World War I veterans,” he said. “I wanted to make sure we collected these folks’ stories.”

To do that, Saathoff created “A Nickel For Your Story,” an oral history project that put together a series of video interviews with local World War II veterans.

Several years after its inception, the oral history project has now compiled more than 70 interviews, which have been submitted to the Library of Congress.

Saathoff is now working on a new oral history project focusing on Vietnam War veterans with the same goal as before with the help of Matthew Deegan, a teacher at Charlottesville High School, and Bruce Eades, a Vietnam veteran.

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From July 3rd 2018 

Charlottesville group preserves stories of local veterans


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- One Charlottesville group is working to preserve the stories of local veterans so they can live on forever.

ParadeRest Virginia is a local nonprofit that helps support military veterans and their families.

The organization started an oral history project, "A Nickel for Your Story," three years ago.

"It humanizes these stories and these historical events in a way that just reading a book or a textbook could not," said Matt Deegan, the group's project coordinator and a history teacher at Charlottesville High School.

ParadeRest records interviews with military veterans and sends them to be archived at the Library of Congress for historians and students to study. They also give a copy to the veteran's family.

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From June 27th 2018 

ParadeRest Virginia embarks on oral history project with local Vietnam War veterans

A local nonprofit called ParadeRest Virginia is embarking on a project this summer to collect and preserve the stories of these veterans.  ParadeRest interviewers will sit down with local Vietnam veterans and guide an extended conversation about their experiences and views surrounding the Vietnam War. Then, ParadeRest will send copies of the interview videos to the Library of Congress, where they will be catalogued and curated for students, researchers, and historians to study and interpret.

In addition, ParadeRest will distribute copies of the interview videos to family members who may be curious about their relatives’ service stories but who may be reluctant to ask about them.  

By embarking on this project -- called “A Nickel for your Story: Vietnam” -- ParadeRest seeks to provide veterans a way to capture their stories for posterity, to further bind families through a greater sense of their histories, and to engage University of Virginia and high school students in the process of historical storytelling.

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From November 25th, 2015

Senator Mark Warner Takes Videos of Vets to Library of Congress


Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D) visited the University of Virginia Wednesday to accept a unique Veterans Day gift. 

The senator picked up more than 50 videos to take to the Library of Congress, each video telling a story of a veteran from central Virginia who served during World War II.

It’s part of a new Parade Rest project called Nickel for Your Story. Parade Rest is a nonprofit run by students that supports military personnel, veterans, and their families.


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From November 11th, 2015

Collective memories: A local nonprofit records area soldiers’ stories of World War II

Photo: Amy Jackson and Jackson Smith, Cville

Photo: Amy Jackson and Jackson Smith, Cville

Before the movie began, anyone in the audience who was a World War II veteran was asked to come stand in front of the stage of the Paramount. ParadeRest, a local nonprofit, had organized a screening of the film Patton for veterans and their families on Memorial Day 2014. About 15 men stood together, some dressed in their military caps or jackets adorned with patches, others in suit jackets and bow ties. The men, part of the Greatest Generation, earned a standing ovation.

That event sparked an idea for Dr. Gregory Saathoff, psychiatrist and associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and one of the founders of ParadeRest, which helps distribute event tickets to military veterans and their families in the area (the organization’s database has about 800 members). ParadeRest had learned about the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project in which veterans share their memories of World War II. Seeing those men gathered together at the Paramount showed there was a large population of servicemen and women in the area who could contribute to the nation’s collective memory. ParadeRest’s version of the project, which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, is called Nickel for Your Story.