Veterans’ Memorial Website Gets Upgrade

Veterans’ Memorial Website Gets Upgrade

Arlington National Cemetery
Photo by: U.S. Army

In time for Memorial Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration has redesigned its Veterans Legacy Memorial website to give it more usability and allow visitors to upload photos and documents to a veteran’s page.

The website, launched in 2019, is a digital platform dedicated to the memory of the nearly 4 million veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. It gives every veteran his or her own dedicated web page with information such as dates of birth and death, branch, rank, conflicts in which the veteran served and significant military awards.  

Headstone photographs and mapped locations are also included for most veterans, with more being added every day, according to a statement from National Cemetery Administration. 

With the website upgrade, visitors can submit photos and biographical summaries of their loved one, along with historical documents such as award citations, letters and newspaper clippings. They can also follow their veteran's page and receive email alerts when new content is posted.

“The site has become a place for families, friends, and fellow veterans to remember those who have gone before them,” the statement says. 

One tribute to a veteran interred at Puerto Rico National Cemetery reads, “Grandpa, thanks for everything. For providing for a family and bringing us so much happiness. For always taking care of us until your last breath. For always having a smile and laughing at your grandchildren. We love you and we thank you so much not only for your years of service to the country but to your family. Love you grandpa.”

In the past year, more than 9,000 tributes have been shared on the Veterans Legacy Memorial’s pages, according to the National Cemetery Administration.

The VA National Cemetery Administration operates 155 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 43 states and Puerto Rico, according to its statement.