May 24 2009
As you know this is Memorial Day Weekend, and this Monday is Memorial Day. This is the weekend you take your family on a , grill some brats and enjoy a day off from your job. Sometimes we forget what this day is really about. It is the day we honor our fallen soldiers, marines, and airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. I take this time very personal because almost twelve years I have been serving in the Army Reserves as an officer and I'm still proudly serving. Take time to pay your respects whether you agree with the war in the Middle East or not. I have met soldiers who have been on 3 to 4 tours in less than six years away from their family. Then there are the servicemen and servicewomen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Almost 5,700 men and women have lost their lives through out the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but all we know is that this is just a number and nothing about that individual.
Well someone over at the Google Earth Outreach program has been working on a project to give you a little insight to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The name of the project is called Map The Fallen. He created a mash-up of Google Earth and data of each servicemen and servicewomen who have loss their lives throughout the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sean is the name of the creator of this project and here is his statement regarding Map The Fallen:
This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.
You can learn more about the project here and download the map (you need to download Google Earth to view the map which is free). I have been exploring the map, and I have to say it is very sobering. You can see photos of the fallen soldier, and even leave a comment. So on this Memorial Day, take time and explore the map and get to know something about the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.