Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Great (and Free) Centennial Resource for Families: Fold3's Honor Wall

Fold3 is Ancestry.com's military records subscription service for which they charge an annual fee. However, the have included a wonderful national resource as part of the site at no charge to visit or post information. The name of the service, "Fold3", refers to the triangular shape of the folded American flag with the stars of the blue field visible. 

Fold3's Honor Wall is an effort to create a searchable listing and, when possible, to allow the posting of photos, biographical data, anecdotes and tributes for every individual who has served in America's wars since the Revolution.  Here is a snapshot of the World War I homepage, note the search box and the collage of individual images, which is actually a constantly rotating carousel of photos:


To visit this page and search for WWI veterans, just click on:
(Click on the World War I icon.)

The best feature of the site is the capability to create galleries [albums] to honor any veteran listed on the site. Contributors are required to register (again at no charge), but this will allow the posting of a whole range of data and images to honor a specific veteran.  Here is one page from the gallery created for notable aviator Frank Luke of the 27th Aero Squadron.


This is one way families can record honor their service to the nation.  In a future posting we will discuss another way, provided through the Veteran's History Project of the Library of Congress.

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