Here's How to Find Where A Vet Is Buried
Last updated 11/3/2021 at 9:53am
The Veterans Legacy Memorial website has been expanded by 500,000 names at 93 veterans cemeteries across the country. This is in addition to the 4 million names already there at 155 cemeteries.
The VLM is a digital platform and repository for information on veterans buried in those cemeteries. Friends and family can add biographies, photos, documents and other information to the listing for each veteran as a way of paying tribute. So far, 22,000 friends and families have added information to their veteran’s profile page.
For those of us who live far from the cemeteries where our veterans are buried, being able to add to a legacy page helps. For me, my family is only partially covered at this point. My grandfather at Fort Sam is in the database. Another relative at Riverside is in the database. Three others aren’t, including my parents at Arlington National. They are, however, in ANC’s website, although there is no way to add photos (except for the photo of the marker that is already there) or stories or biographies.
Perhaps Arlington will be among those added in the half-million new names. Eventually the project intends to cover veterans buried in state and local cemeteries, as well as private cemeteries.
To look for your veteran, go to http://www.vlm.cem.va.gov and put in the name -- first name last name, no comma. Click on the FAQ for more information.
To find a veteran at Arlington National, go to http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil.
If your veteran is listed in the Veterans Legacy Memorial, contribute to the profile. Pictures are a great addition, as is bio information and personal stories.
As a side note, Wreaths Across America will be on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. See their website (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org) for ways you can help with wreath-laying at the 2,500 locations.
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