LAT Launches Special Memorial Day Tribute

We’ve been informed by their press release:

Since 2001 The Times staff writers have written over 400+ stories honoring the lives of Californians killed while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. We’ve since turned that reporting into a searchable database of California’s war dead to serve as the basis for telling the broader story about who has died, where they came from and who they left behind.

In Sunday’s print edition (A1 & Bulldog) the main tribute article will revisit the personal stories of California’s war dead. A complementary piece tells the story of the person who coordinates the services and visits the gravesites of soldiers buried in Riverside National Cemetery, one of the few that still has the room to accommodate new burials. Photos and graphics will fill out the Tribute.

Online elements will include videos and an extensive photo gallery, as well as the aforementioned searchable database. Each individual has his or her own page, including obit, news story, map and photo. Users will able to post comments/remembrances on our site and help complete the database by submitting missing information (editorial will verify before adding, FYI).

The tribute can be found here.