For nearly 20 years, the group known as Latino Advocates for Education has been conducting research on Mexican-American veterans from Southern California, compiling more than 2,000 profiles on those who served in combat from World War II through our present-day wars.

More recently, Orange County Superior Court Judge Frederick Aguirre — he’s the organization’s president — has teamed up with the Orange County Department of Education’s Media Services team to film interviews with local surviving Latino combat veterans. Their stories, now preserved for future generations, are being posted on the American Patriots of Latino Heritage website, a historical resource for students and teachers who want to learn more about the many contributions of Latino patriots.

Take a look at the brief video above for more on this project, and be sure to visit the website.