A few years ago my wife and I visited China with friends. While visiting Tiananmen Square we witnessed a small group of Chinese citizens starting a religious protest. Within a few minutes security appeared with an unmarked van. Plain clothes security posing as tourists stepped out of the surrounding crowd. The protesters were forced into the van and it sped away. Then security went through the crowd. They looked at each camera. They deleted digital pictures of the protesters. They removed film from any camera that may have recorded the event.
Later in the week one of our party positioned himself, so he could see the computer screen security was viewing as I checked into the Shanghai airport. He saw my visa photo, a photo just taken by a surveillance camera and a list of where I had been and what I had spent. The guard compared my face to my passport to the visa photo to the real time photo. Then he asked me where I had been. After a few minutes he let me enter.
Thank a vet for the privacy you are protecting.
Here are links to YouTube videos of veteran interviews, talks and tributes.
Cdr. Ret. Wes Ruth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxmhbwg4Fz0
Commander (ret) Wes Ruth speaks about his Pearl Harbor experience. Cdr. Ret. Wes Ruth was one of the few Navy Pilots to take off on December 7, 1941. His patrol plane flew northwest out of Pearl Harbor armed with only 3 Springfield rifles searching for the Japanese fleet.
The Library of Congress / Veterans History Project: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/html/search/search.html
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the first-hand interviews of America’s wartime veterans. VHP relies on volunteers, both individuals and organizations, throughout the nation to contribute veterans’ stories to VHP. In addition to audio- and video-recorded interviews, VHP accepts memoirs, collections of original photographs and letters, diaries, maps, and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts.
Center for Public Policy and Social Research: http://www.youtube.com/user/ccsuvhp
The VHP at CCSU is primarily focused on collecting the oral histories of veterans while they are still with us. The collection includes the video taped interview of each veteran along with any photographs, military documents, field maps, journals and other related materials. Participating veterans include those from World War II, the Korean War), the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
Veteran Tributes: http://www.youtube.com/user/imfoamfollower
Numerous interviews with veterans and tributes to veterans.
A Navy Veteran’s daily routine of putting up the flag in a retirement community is interrupted when an Army Veteran moves in across the courtyard. They begin a war of one-upmanship as they fight to beat each other to the flag each morning.