This is pretty cool!
Ancestry.com has launched what its calls “The Honor Wall” a digital shrine for the millions of Americans who’ve served our nation over the years and across all wars.
Do you have old films or letters gathering dust and worried they may fade or peel away? Now, “The Honor Wall” is asking for scanned copies that can be restored and saved online.
Check it out here: www.fold3.com/wall
Just in time for Veterans Day, Ancestry.com is launching a website called The Honor Wall, offering a chance to memorialize millions who served in uniform.
The largely free site containing memorial pages is available at www.fold3.com/wall.
For Larry Oakley, who flew Huey helicopters in Vietnam and whose 90-year-old dad, Bill Oakley, piloted a C-47 in World War II, the chance to enshrine fading images online comes none too soon.
“I’ve got a closet full of 35mm slides that I desperately need to find someone who can digitize all of those before they disappear,” says Oakley 64, of Frederick, Md. “Hopefully this (site) will just pick up and roll. I think a lot of people are interested.”
The concept is patterned after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, where the names of all 58,000 servicemembers who died in the war are inscribed, except that this digital wall is devoted to anyone who served America in uniform.
“We thought it would be great if the nation had a place where there was essentially a wall across all wars, giving everybody the opportunity to find a name, memorialize a soldier,” says Brian Hansen, general manager of Fold3, a subscription site for military records and an ancestry.com subsidiary.
Fold3 created and is managing the Honor Wall. Hansen says the site allows users to fill existing memorial pages devoted to relatives or ancestors who served in the military with scanned images of old muster sheets, letters, photographs or any other memorabilia gathering dust in attics and basements.