The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the expansion of their Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website, which now contains individual webpages for nearly 4.5 million veterans interred in national, state, territorial and tribal veterans cemeteries.
The just-announced expansion added individual webpages for nearly 500,000 veterans interred in 93 state, territorial and tribal veterans cemeteries to the existing four million webpages for veterans interred in VA's 155 national cemeteries.
The Veterans Legacy Memorial website lets anyone look up veterans interred in these cemeteries and see their service information, a map of the gravesite and, in many cases, a photograph of the gravestone. It also gives friends and family members the ability to contribute photos, stories, historical documents and pay respects.
"VLM offers families a meaningful way to pay tribute to our veterans," Matthew Quinn, VA under secretary for memorial affairs, said in a press release. "Because of the expansion of VLM to VA grant-funded State, Territorial and Tribal Veterans cemeteries, many families -- including my own -- will have the opportunity to memorialize their veterans online."
The free site offers those researching family history a wealth of information and is a way that those who are physically distant can pay tribute to lost friends, family and loved ones.
More than 22,000 virtual submissions have been made to veterans’ profile pages in VLM since the site launched in 2019. All content uploaded or submitted to a veteran's personal memorial webpage is reviewed by moderators before being posted.
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