Allan C. Barnes'

Sunny Wilkinson

There are almost 19 million veterans in America today but with over 1,100 war Veterans dying each day, there is an urgent need to collect the personal accounts of their wartime experiences while they are still among us.

It is the responsibility of every community to remember, honor and capture the stories of our Michigan Veterans. With this project, communities can have a better sense of the Veterans among them…and even discover heroes that they never knew.  How many heroes are out there that we don’t know? These Veterans Living History interviews will help share those stories with the community and serve as a public service campaign to engage families, neighbors and students, and to encourage them to conduct interviews with Veterans in their own communities.


Jessie Jordan & Veteran Bill Sadley

“The arts are also a powerful, therapeutic tool in the healing process for many combat veterans reintegrating back into society and transitioning back into civilian life”.  

Rayse Biggs

May 20th Veterans Appreciation Day at Flint Public Library

One of the Flint Public Library’s core missions is to collect and preserve the history of our community.  The first set of interviews will be unveiled when The Flint Public Library hosts a Veteran’s Appreciation Day during May 2017, which is officially Military Appreciation Month. This event’s Masters of Ceremonies will be   USAF Veteran and Flint resident, Phillip Wise, author of the book “Fragile Delivery.”


Veterans Living History Interviews

Paul A. Tripp  - World War II Veteran  - Michigan

Glen M. Ream -Vietnam Veteran - Michigan

Michael Reagan Fallen Heroes Portrait

Veteran Phillip R. Wise, Author "Fragile Delivery"

The event will also feature an USO themed Concert by the Peaceful Warriors Band that will be a cross cultural appreciation of American Music. PWP features Jazz icons Sunny Wilkinson and Rayse Biggs, local country singer Jessie Jordan, Veteran Bill Sadley on Harmonica and Veteran Chris Eilersen on Guitar. Invitations for this FREE event will be issued to Veterans, their families and the community.

Veteran Chris Eilersen