A partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Army Cemeteries has added 300,000 service members and veterans interred in 27 Department of Defense-managed military cemeteries to the Veterans Legacy Memorial website.
According to a VA release, each of the 300,000 veterans will now have individual pages on the VLM website where family, friends and others can post tributes, upload images, and share their veteran’s achievements, biographical information, and historical documents.
VLM is the nation’s first digital platform dedicated to the memory of veterans interred in VA’s national cemeteries, VA-grant funded cemeteries, two National Park Service national cemeteries, and now, 27 Defense-managed military cemeteries.
More than 4.5 million are already memorialized on the VLM site. The largest number of these additional veterans and service members are interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
“Expanding VLM to include veterans and service members in DoD-managed cemeteries is just the next step in achieving our goal of giving every veteran a digital memorial space,” said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn.
Of the 27 cemeteries, five are operated by the Navy, four by the Air Force, and 18 by the Army – including two national cemeteries: Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.
The 27 cemeteries include:
Army: Arlington National Cemetery; Aberdeen Proving Ground Post Cemetery; Fort Moore Main Post Cemetery; Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery; Carlisle Barracks Main Post Cemetery; Edgewood Arsenal Post Cemetery; Fort Huachuca Post Cemetery; Fort Knox Post Cemetery; Fort Leonard Wood Post Cemetery; Fort Sill Post Cemetery; U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery; Camp Lewis Post Cemetery; Fort Meade Post Cemetery; Presidio of Monterey Main Post Cemetery; Fort Riley Post Cemetery; Schofield Barracks Main Post Cemetery; U.S. Military Academy West Point Cemetery; and Watervliet Arsenal Post Cemetery.
Navy: Naval Station Great Lakes Cemetery; Naval Station Cuzco Beach Cemetery; U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery and Columbarium; Maine Memorial at Naval Air Station Key West; and CAPT Ted Conaway Memorial at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Air Force: Fort George Wright Cemetery; U.S. Air Force Academy Cemetery; Francis E. Warren Air Force Base Cemetery; and Offutt Air Force Base Cemetery.
More than 55,000 submissions have been made to veterans’ VLM profile pages since the site launched in 2019. All content submitted to VLM is reviewed by NCA moderators before being posted to a veteran’s page in order to ensure that it conforms to policy.
This month, VA will host Memorial Day ceremonies at more than 130 national cemeteries to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. A complete list of Memorial Day events can be found here.
Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.