In 2019, NCA launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial, our nation’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to more than 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA’s national cemeteries, each with a memorial page dedicated to preserving their legacy. The pages display each Veteran’s military service data and cemetery resting place information.
Last year, NCA added the ability for family members and other VLM users to submit text tributes to Veteran pages, and today more than 15,000 tributes have been posted.
For this Memorial Day weekend, as many of us again gather more virtually than physically to honor our Veterans due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, NCA has developed more interactive features for VLM, including the ability for users to upload images and documents, and share military service timeline and achievements, biographical information and more. Additionally, VLM users will also be able to “Follow a Veteran” to receive email alerts when new content is added to that Veteran’s page.
We know there is much more to preserve your Veteran’s legacy than the publicly available information gathered from VA records. Over this Memorial Day weekend and beyond, we invite you to use the Veterans Legacy Memorial to find your Veteran and share your memories.
Maybe you have scrapbooks with old newspaper clippings, award citations and photos? Perhaps you have a link to your Veteran’s obituary? Possibly you have digital photos or documents? Sharing what you have on a Veteran’s page will help keep their memory alive for you and for future generations.
Please know that all content is reviewed by NCA moderators before being posted to your Veteran pages. This ensures that the content conforms to the VLM User Policy and appropriately honors your Veterans.
A VLM Customer Support representative is available Monday to Friday (excluding federal holidays, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time) at VLM@va.gov or 1-866-245-1490.
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Lisa Hollenbeck is a public affairs specialist with the National Cemetery Administration, Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovations.