Students interview Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Chavez

Students from Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, who are participating in the 10th Grade Living History Project, visited the local home of Richard Rovsek, founder of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, Feb. 11. At Rovsek’s home, the students had the opportunity to interview Ray Chavez, the oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor at 104 years.

The goal of the Living History Project is to inspire and engage students to have a greater appreciation for veterans’ sacrifices and accomplishments, learn about the history of this country, and understand what it means to be an American.

The students will transcribe their interview, create a documentary video and write thank you letters. They will invite their veterans to attend a culminating luncheon on Thursday, March 23 in the big gym at Corona del Mar High School to celebrate their stories of service. At the luncheon, the veterans will receive a folder that includes a group picture as well as the students’ documentary video, a transcription of the interview and thank you letters. 

For more information on the Freedom Committee of Orange County’s Living History Program and its mission to “pass the torch of liberty on to future generations,” visit

For more information on the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, visit

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