The great American holiday of Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. It is a time traditionally when families gather together to share a feast, give thanks for their bounty, and watch football. It is also one of the few times of the year that multiple generations of a family assemble under one roof. It is thus a great time for sharing family stories, looking at photographs, and remembering the past.

This year, why not participate in the Great Thanksgiving Listen, taking place from November 26 to November 29? The sponsor of this event is StoryCorps, a nationally-known oral history project whose mission is to capture the stories of thousands of people across our country. You may have heard excerpts of StoryCorps sessions on National Public Radio. They have made it easy by providing an app that is easily downloaded to a cell phone. This is a convenient way to record the stories of family members and preserve them forever.

Everyone has a story tell, whether it is a family tradition, a childhood memory, a military service experience, or a recollection about a particular place or event. What is the earliest memory that you can recall? Where were you when you heard about President Kennedy's assassination? Did you watch the Apollo 11 moon landing on television in 1969? Where were you on 9/11? What stories have you heard about your family's history?

Let's pause a moment from our feasting this week and take time to remember and record. You'll be glad you did.