A servicemember receives a commendation for selfless bravery in the heat of battle. An honor guard member presents the American flag to a grieving family member. A family tree boasts decades of military service through the generations.
Those are all images that summon thoughts of honor and remembrance. Given the immense interest in those subjects, The American Legion has launched a special web page — www.legion.org/honor — that features stories, photos and videos of bravery, courage and sacrifice. There is also resource information that will help you find a museum, memorial or cemetery to visit; details about securing medals and citations; and opportunities to share your family’s story of military service.
Other highlights of the web page include:
We invite you to share your stories about military service, your family’s military legacy and other connections to the Armed Forces. For example, here is one family’s military and American Legion legacy story:
"I wake up every day thankful for the generations before me who served this country and kept us safe. My grandfather, Richard Paige, served in the Navy during the Korean War and has been a member of The American Legion ever since. My younger brother, Scott, is a Sergeant (11B) in the Army currently on his second deployment to Afghanistan with the 173rd Infantry. Scott exemplifies what it means to be from the Volunteer State and is a member of Post 107 in Soddy-Daisy, as am I. Our family enjoys giving back to our community through the works of (the) Legion because we have felt their generosity and sense of patriotism ever since I was a delegate to Boys State in 2002." – Kevin Beavers, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Here is how you can participate:
Additionally, we want to honor those who have passed on. Families are encouraged to submit obituaries of veterans by going to www.legion.org/honor and clicking on "In Memoriam" on the right-hand side. Once you fill in the deceased’s name, the obituary and upload a photo (optional), just hit the save button. There is no charge.