Remembering the Fallen

Capt. Matthew G. Nielson (Photo via Fort Hood Press Center)

Capt. Matthew G. Nielson (Photo via Fort Hood Press Center)

On Memorial Day, we are asked to pause to remember the men and women who have fought and died for our country. We at Legacy.com are proud to dedicate a portion of our web site to memorializing these service members. Every day, visitors to our site are reminded that those who have died serving in our military are more than statistics. They’re as diverse as the human race – they’re young and old, male and female, proud to serve and nervous about seeing combat, and so much more. And each and every one of them is dearly missed – by the families and friends they left behind, and by a grateful nation.

On our Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan memorial site, we spotlight the 6500+ service members who have fought and died in the current and recent Middle East conflicts. Every service member is honored with a profile and a guest book. The memorial site also includes a group guest book for all U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell (Photo via Soldier Wall)

Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell (Photo via Soldier Wall)

Of course, the current conflict is only one of many in our nation’s history, and we also offer spaces to remember veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as all veterans. We also memorialize veterans of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy, and we tip our hats to veterans who received medals like the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Medal of Honor. Hundreds of thousands of veterans are memorialized on these pages, but if you didn’t know an individual veteran but wish to express your thanks to all who fought and died, as well as your condolences to their loved ones, you can sign our group Guest Book for all U.S. military veterans.

For those struggling with grief over the loss of a service member, our grief support network, LegacyConnect, offers comfort and advice. We have created a special Remember Veterans page there, and we hope it will bring solace to anyone who is missing a loved one who served.

Pfc. Sammie E. Phillips (Photo via Madison Courier)

Pfc. Sammie E. Phillips (Photo via Madison Courier)

On our blog Legends & Legacies, we have published a striking visual reminder of the names and faces behind the current conflict. Fifty-eight fallen service members – one from each U.S. state, territory and protectorate – grace those pages today. The images you see in this post are gathered from that group, just a small sampling of the many who have fought and died for our country.

As we take a moment to remember the fallen today, we wish for strength and peace for the families and friends who miss them so much.

About Linnea

I joined Legacy.com in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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