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American Legion memorial database hits 1,500 mark

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Just over a year after its release, The American Legion’s Veterans Memorial Identification Project database has hit the 1,500 mark. That makes for an average of 125 entries each month, from around the country and the world.

The project encourages American Legion Family members to locate, document, photograph and upload information about veterans memorials and monuments in their local areas. It was instituted via Resolution 10 at the 2016 Fall Meetings. Sites from any war era are welcome. The page is designed to easily upload photos and information via smartphones, even while at the site. This makes it easier to do multiple submissions at one time, as Legion Family and associated community groups comb an area for sites. Entries will be made public after review.

Most of the states, and several foreign countries, are represented in the database; users can search by state to see what has already been submitted before embarking on recording expeditions. The most recently added are listed first.

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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.