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July 27, 2010 > Online community and memorial for Gold Star families

Online community and memorial for Gold Star families

Submitted By Brian Wise, Families United

Families United has launched the first "National Gold Star Family Registry." This public, online platform is the first comprehensive record of fallen heroes and a family network. Whether they gave their life in WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan or another conflict, the registry is a place to keep their memory alive.

"Up to this point, there hasn't been one place where all heroes who gave their lives can be found either in print or online," said Families United's Executive Director Brian Wise. "There hasn't been a national registry or public database that serves as a perpetual memorial to all who paid the ultimate price for this nation. The registry's aim is to create the first 'virtual memorial,' ensuring Americans across the country can learn about the heroic sacrifice of service members firsthand and allow their families to connect."

The National Gold Star Family Registry is not just a searchable database of the fallen, but a new community of America's Gold Star Families. Family members have the opportunity to create a tribute page for their hero as well as their own online profile as part of a private Gold Star network. The registry provides them with new avenues to communicate, support one another and, above all, honor the fallen. As the registry grows, Families United will add new functions to develop the largest online community of Gold Star Family members ever created, helping families support each other across the years and miles.

"This registry means so much. It's a chance for me to create memories with my young daughter. Most importantly, it's a way for families to come together to support each other in the grieving process, while remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us," said Amy Dozier, Gold Star Wife from Durham, North Carolina.

"We can never repay the debt of honor our fallen heroes gave to the cause of freedom," said Wise. "However, with National Gold Star Registry, we can ensure that their effort and bravery will be acknowledged for years to come."

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