New platform creates digital memorials for all veterans in national cemeteries

Abbie Bennett
August 23, 2019 - 5:05 pm
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A new searchable online tool from the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Cemetery Administration allows creates digital memorials for fallen service members buried in national cemeteries across the United States.

The Veterans Legacy Memorial is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration, which oversees the 136 national cemeteries where 3.7 million veterans are interred. 

The VLM creates a profile page for each service member.

To find a memorial profile, go to vlm.cem.va.gov and search the name of your veteran, using their first and last name. 

You can narrow your search by providing the veteran's branch of service and the cemetery name, along with other information. 

Each veteran's page includes their name, dates of birth and death, last rank held, service branch, cemetery, address and contact information for the cemetery, section of the cemetery they are interred in and the date of their internment. 

Upcoming features will include the ability to leave tribute messages, photographs and more to individual profiles. 

"Veterans Legacy Memorial ensures 'no veteran ever dies' by honoring the legacy of our nation’s veterans, not just in our cemeteries, but in a new and innovative digital setting," VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement announcing the new tool. “It enhances the onsite national cemetery experience and extends the experience to those who otherwise are unable to physically visit the cemetery.”  

For more information, go to va.gov/remember. For assistance using the VLM, click here.

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