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Legion memorial database passes 1,000


The American Legion Post 339 Veterans Stones in Roland, Okla. (Photo via Edgar (Jake) Stratmann, commander)

The American Legion’s Veterans Memorial Identification Project database (www.legion.org/memorials) has passed the 1,000 mark and now stands at 1,024. Released last November, 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. Sites from any war era are welcome, right up to today’s ongoing conflicts. 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 soon after review.

One goal of the database is to help defend against challenges to memorials that have religious language or symbolism. To do that, it needs to be as complete as possible. Be sure to look up the memorials already listed in your state before you start.