Earlier this month, officials with the Fort Bliss National Cemetery launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM), the country’s first digital platform dedicated to the preservation of the memory of the over 44,000 Veterans interred here.
Each Veteran will have their own memorial page on the VLM, a secure, web-based platform that creates a perpetual memorial extending beyond the physical border of the national cemetery.
“Here at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, we are thrilled to offer the Veterans Legacy Memorial program to the families of the Veterans interred at our cemetery,” said Cemetery Director Jamie Porter.
“Family members and friends will be able to locate and memorialize their Veteran easier with more information online than previously provided.”
National Cemetery Administration (NCA), in conjunction with VA’s Office of Information & Technology, built the architecture for the site starting with the information contained on every Veteran’s headstone.
“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,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It enhances the onsite national cemetery experience and extends the experience to those who otherwise are unable to physically visit the cemetery.”
In the initial rollout, the public will be able to search the site for Veterans, find out where they are buried and read the basic details of their lives and service.
Future capabilities may be expanded to allow families, survivors, fellow Veterans and others to add historic photos and share memories to a deceased Veteran’s memorial page.
VA officials add that, “Such capabilities will include provisions that allows NCA to manage the site in a manner that maintains the same level of decorum our customers experience in our national cemeteries.”
For more information about the Veterans Legacy Memorial, click here, or contact Dr. Bryce Carpenter, Veterans Legacy Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.