“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” ― Winston Churchill


Veterans of the United States military have demonstrated tremendous courage and heroism and made untold sacrifices in the service of our country to preserve freedom. Each veteran has a story that is unique, riveting, and of historical significance. The legacy of these men and women must be preserved.

But why do people serve?  Why do they willingly give up their autonomy and risk their lives to fight for their country?  What makes someone want to join the military?  Uncle Sam's pointer finger couldn't have convinced all of the millions of enlisted who are currently serving or in reserve to sign-up.

There are so many varied reasons why men and women have enlisted and continue to serve in the US military.  For some, it’s an opportunity to better themselves and earn an education.  Others join out of a sense of patriotism and the need to defend freedom and democracy in America.  Whether it’s duty or opportunity, one thing is certain, not one is left unchanged after service in the armed forces.  

WHRO is proud to engage our community in researching and preserving the stories of our nation’s veterans to help ensure that they become a part of our country’s collective and permanent history.  Each week, we will showcase one soldier’s story.    Enlisted and retired alike will tell their story on why they joined and how it affected their lives forever.

We encourage anyone who has served or is continuing to serve their country through the armed forces to download the sheet “Why I Serve (currently in the service) / Why I Served (retired or no longer in service)” and write your reason on the sheet.  Then, have someone take a picture of you holding your message and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the picture to us at WHRO so we can proudly display your message of service.




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