The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 30, 2013

Website dedicated to military remembrance


FROM STAFF REPORTS

— The American Legion has launched a new interactive web page — www.legion.org /honor — that provides a way for veterans and their families to keep the memories of military sacrifice alive. The new web page is packed with stories, photos, videos and a database.

“All veterans and military families are encouraged to share stories of their time in uniform and/or their family’s military legacy. This is one way in which The American Legion is continuing to honor America’s servicemen and women, past and present, who keep our nation safe,” said James Hall, chairman of The American Legion Magazine Commission, which oversees the organization’s website.

Readers have submitted more than 150 stories since the web page officially launched in May. Those wanting to share their stories can go to www.legiontown.org to submit text and photos online. Once approved by an administrator, those stories will appear on the honor and remembrance web page.

Hall, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, said, “Sadly, our World War II vets are dying off. We launched this web page so that we could preserve their memories and heroic efforts for future generations. But of course this web page is open to all veterans, regardless of time of service.”

Other features of the web page include:

- A collection of articles and photos about honor and remembrance that have appeared in The American Legion Magazine.

- A special “In Memoriam” module for those who want to honor veterans who have passed on by providing their own tributes. Families are encouraged to submit obituaries of veterans by going to www.legion.org/honor and clicking on “In Memoriam.” Once you fill in the deceased’s name and the obituary and upload a photo (optional), just hit the save button. There is no charge.

- A database of more than 1,200 museums, memorials or cemeteries that can help you plan a visit or an opportunity to explore online. These sacred places are compiled in a database, searchable by state and category. To suggest an addition to the database, send an e-mail to honor@legion.org or call 317-630-1298.

For more information about the Honor and Remembrance web page, visit www.legion.org/honor.

Those without access to a computer can mail their information to Honor & Remembrance, c/o The American Legion, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Questions may be e-mailed to honor@legion.org.