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"All of us hope and pray that the time will come when we no longer need to dedicate memorials to men who died in battle--that we will dedicate memorials to those who live in peace--to all nations and all men."

Senator Frank G. Moss
USS Utah Memorial ground breaking, December 7, 1971

Memorials & tributes to the fallen

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Memorials, tributes

American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation
The mission of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation is to honor, preserve and protect the legacies of all Fallen Warriors who have given their lives in the Gulf War to present date. We will do this by building a memorial that will contain photo plaques displaying the faces of every serviceman or woman who has given his or her life in the service of defending and protecting our country, including PTSD/Suicides from the Gulf War to the present.

Benjamin Young Project
I lost my son, PFC Benjamin Gandalf Young, on 27 May 2007. We worked on a 58 Chevy Panel truck that I gave to him for his high school graduation present. It was his daily driver when he worked in the engine shop for Furniture Row Racing, the NASCAR team based out of Denver, before he went in the Army.  I am restoring the 58 to honor Ben and all others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I have decided that on the hood of the truck will be a painting of the US flag with the stripes forming flames down the side of the front fenders. In each of the 50 stars in the Flag, I want to put the name of a fallen warrior from each of the 50 States. The stars will be gold instead of white to represent Gold Star Fathers who have also sacrificed.

I would like to be able to find 50 Fathers, one from each of the States, to get permission to include their son or daughter's name on this project. If you have any ideas on how I can get in touch with Gold Star Fathers to include the name of their fallen on a star, please contact me at: Bens58project@aol.com.

Butterfly Tree (Kids Thank A Vet)
Kids Thank A Veteran is starting a new project and we are asking for your help. This new project is called the "Butterfly Tree" and it is a tribute to those soldiers who have been lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are building a tree, and, with the help of children across the Nation, are making butterflies, one for each soldier lost. The plaque for our tree will read, "The life of a butterfly is short, but its impact on the world cannot be measured". These butterflies will be placed on the tree and each one will have the name of a soldier on it. 

Coffelt Database (Vietnam veterans)
The Coffelt Database documents the Americans who died in the Vietnam War.

Fallen Heroes Memorial
Fallen Heroes Memorial is an online memorial for all of the fallen servicemembers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, including photos and visitor-submitted messages.

Gold Star Family Registry (Families United USA)
The National Gold Star Family Registry is a 21st Century Memorial that utilizes the latest in technology to provide a searchable, scalable database of America’s fallen Heroes since WWII. The Registry is accessible to all Americans from homes, classrooms, libraries, or anywhere with Internet access. 

The technical infrastructure permits the public to search the Registry using a variety of criteria. Family members, friends and comrades can tell the story of their hero by adding written tributes, which the Registry will preserve for future generations. Like never before, American’s will be able to get a sense of who these brave men and women were, the cause for which they died, and—most importantly—how they lived.

Great Americans
Great Americans visitors can view videos featuring everyday American heroes submitted by military personnel, military support organizations, veteran's groups, law enforcement, fire and rescue and NASA. Visitors are invited to join in the Great Americans movement and upload videos, comment and discuss content, or visit an online memorial to American heroes in uniform who have been wounded or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Honor and Remember
Our mission is to establish a tangible national symbol of gratitude, as a visible public reminder to all Americans, that perpetually recognizes all military lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.

Iraq War Heroes, Afghanistan War Heroes
Dedicated to our deceased Heroes that have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Contribute to this page by sending photos, statements, tribute pages for any of these heroes that will help others remember them.

NJ Run for the Fallen
Honor the Fallen - Join Us On September 20 - 24th, 2017

The New Jersey Run for the Fallen is an organization of runners (all active duty military) and support crew whose mission is clear and simple: To run one mile for every New Jersey service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Each mile of sweat and pain and each flag saluted, is to pay homage to one service member’s life and their family.

The last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September, we run across New Jersey to raise awareness for the lives of those who fought and died, to rejuvenate their memories and keep their spirits alive, to support organizations that aid the families of those killed, and to aid in the healing process for the native New Jersey residents whose lives have been affected by the war.

Our Fallen Soldier
Our Fallen Soldier, was founded on August 1, 2006 following the loss of our son, brother and uncle Sgt. Kyle Colnot who was KIA 22 April 2006 outside of Baghdad, Iraq.

The focus of this organization is two fold, to honor Kyle and his 4,953  Brothers and Sisters  in arms who have paid the ultimate price for their country and the liberation of others. This is done by offering free web pages where each and every fallen hero can be remembered.

Secondly to provide financial support for the loved ones left behind. We have assisted several families, sponsored camps for the children and spouses of our fallen, supported Fisher House, The Wounded Warriors Battalion and several soldiers who are members.

The Summit Project
The Summit Project, a nationally recognized, Maine based, service organization, is a living memorial that pays tribute to the fallen service members from Maine who have died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. We have fundamentally changed the way we honor our post 9/11 fallen heroes from Maine. The mission of The Summit Project is to honor our state’s newest war casualties and the faithful spirit of all Mainers.

Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project.  The Arlington Wreath program was started by Morrill Worcester (Worcester Wreath) in 1992 with the donation and laying of 5000 Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.

It was relatively obscure until 2005 when a photo of the stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow circulated around the internet.  The project received National attention.  Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country from people wanting to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries spurred the creation of “Wreaths Across America”.  Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Mr. Worcester conceived the idea of sending 7 wreaths (one for each branch of the military as well as POW/MIA).  In 2006 with the help of the CAP and other civic organizations, over 150 locations held wreath laying ceremonies simultaneously.

The wreath laying is now held annually on the second Saturday of December.  December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”.  Wreaths Across America would not be successful without the help of the volunteers, many active organizations and the generosity of the trucking industry.

Run to remember

Run for the Fallen
Run for the Fallen is a subsidiary of Honor and Remember, Inc a 501(c)(3) organization honoring our fallen service members and their families.

America's Run for the Fallen is blazing a tribute trail across our nation spanning over 6000 miles recognizing nearly 20,000 fallen service members since the USS Cole. The run begins April 7, 2018.

Wear Blue: Run to Remember
Wear Blue: Run to Remember is a national non-profit based out of DuPont, Washington.  

The organization's mission is to establish a running community that serves as a living memorial to the service and sacrifice of the American military.

Our goals are to humanize the loss of war, support the community affected by this loss, and participate in and train for running events.

In its infancy, Wear Blue: Run to Remember was a group of wives surviving a terrifying deployment through the creation of this continuous memorial for our fallen Soldiers.  It has now grown to include Soldiers, Wounded Warriors, Gold Star Families, community members, as well as military spouses.  It is an inclusive organization that actively strives to bridge the gap between the military and the community. The running group provides community members a tangible way to show their appreciation and support for the military.  

The group is a support network for people preparing for a deployment, living through a deployment, recovering from a deployment, and healing from the loss sustained during a deployment. This is a built-in network for everyone to come and remember these brave men and women killed in combat. This is a place to put that grief.
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