Published: Oct 31, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 08, 2012 7:07 PM EST

 NAPLES, Fla. - Collier County wants to preserve the memories of local war heroes.

Today, officials launched the Veterans History Project.

It's a program through the Library of Congress that encourages family and friends to record war stories from the vets in their lives.

Then, they can send a copy of those audio and video recordings to the Library of Congress to add to the national collection.

Program director Bob Patric from Washington D.C. came to Naples today to help get the program off the ground. "We're encouraging every citizen to talk to the veteran in their life, to preserve their story in the Library of Congress where it will be used by researchers and generations to come."

The launch coincides with the showing of 'Honor Flight' at the Naples Film Festival Thursday night.

For more information on the Veterans History Project, visit