NEVADA, MO.--- World War ll Veteran, Charles Banes remembers serving at a prisoner of war camp in Germany after the war had ended.
"This is my home for the next 4 months. Guard duty consists of 4 hours on, 4 hours off and 8 hours on," states Charles Banes, Word War ll Veteran.
He along with other veterans came to the Vernon County Senior Center today to record stories of their experiences serving our country.
"I got a lot of experience and I growed up a lot in that time," states Banes.
Nevada Police Chief, Graham Burnley served in a very different war. He remembers guarding the remains of deceased soliders coming back from Afghanistan.
"We stood guard over them overnight until they were flown on and I later found out that one of those was a U.S. Navy Seal that was killed and received the medal of honor, so it was a very significant emotional event to be part of that," states Graham Burnley, Nevada Police Chief.
Each veteran's recorded interview will be complied together and sent to the Library of Congress as part of their Veteran's History Project. Angie Daniels with the Vernon County Senior Center wants to capture their stories before it's too late.
"We have the chance of losing the information and the stories are a very strong part of our history and it is only the words that the individual shares that we will ever know," states Angie Daniels, Vernon County Senior Center.
These veterans hope their messages and stories will have a lasting impact on those who watch, just as serving our country had a lasting impact on them.
"For good better and different, what you see sitting here today was steeled by the United States Army. I am what I am because of my Army experience," states Banes.
Once the project is complete you'll be able to check out the videos online at the Library of Congress website.