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Press Release
July 1, 2004

 

National Archives To Permanently Preserve Military Service Records

WHAT:  Signing ceremony to authorize preservation of official military personnel files of 56 million veterans who served the nation since 1885. This milestone event will ensure that modern era military service veterans' records are protected and ultimately made available for research at the National Archives and Records Administration. Protecting these files is crucial because they contain essential evidence needed by veterans and their families to claim life-long rights and entitlements that accrue from military service. Preserving the files for future generations is equally important so that family members, genealogists, biographers and historians can research the history of those who served.

Following the ceremony, guest will have the opportunity to view the individual military personnel files of Benedict Arnold, Humphrey Bogart, Jackie Robinson and Margaret Chase Smith, among others.

(MEDIA: Please note that no additional light may be used on the documents)

WHO: Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin
Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) David S. C. Chu
WHERE:

The Jefferson Room
National Archives and Records Administration
Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20408

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE: Media should use the 700 Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 8, 2004
1:30 p.m.
Electronic media preset 1:15 PM. Additional lights may be used during the ceremony.

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For PRESS information, contact Laura Diachenko, National Archives Public Affairs at: 301-837-1700.

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