There’s a lot we can learn from past generations, and The Veterans Project hopes to preserve those lessons for years to come.
The Veterans Project is the brainchild of Jocelyn Vieth. Through her production company Your Digital Legacy, Vieth sat down with Vancouver war veterans for unscripted, intimate conversations on their experiences in conflict.
“I wanted an interactive way to showcase and share the stories of veterans with younger generations,” Vieth told Vancity Buzz. “In today’s day and age we’re very visual and we want things that are compelling and that we can connect with.”
Vieth says that by speaking one-on-one with veterans, she was able to get a new perspective on what they went through, and how it affected them.
“I was just able to connect in a way that I’ve never been able to connect with veterans and with what actually took place during the war,” she says. “I feel like it brings it to life through their eyes… understanding their struggle and sacrifice in that experience.”
By speaking with veterans Vieth hopes to preserve the stories of these people, and give younger generations an opportunity to understand what those before them went through to give them the life they are able to enjoy today.
“I think there’s a disconnect right now, and my main goal is to try and bridge that gap and help to connect younger generations and older generations,” she says. “I think there’s so much to be learned from their experiences.”