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Teen succeeds where Army fails in recording Arlington graves
Los Angeles Times ^ | April 26, 2011 | Faye Fiore

Posted on 04/27/2011 1:04:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Rosemary Brown is standing over the grave of her son at Arlington National Cemetery when someone catches her eye. It's a boy in khaki shorts and muddy shoes, juggling a clunky camera and the Motorola Xoom he got for his 17th birthday five days earlier.

...His website, preserveandhonor.com, is a reverent catalog of the fallen, and one young man's response to a scandal of Army mismanagement, mismarked graves and unmarked remains that has rocked this hallowed place for two years.

"It's a tool to help remember people. They can go on and think, 'Wow, look at all these people who gave their lives just so I can walk around,' " Ricky says.

....Ricky didn't have his driver's license yet, so he hitched a ride with his mom on her 45-minute commute from their home in Stafford, Va., to her workplace in Washington. He hopped the Metro the rest of the way to the cemetery....

His focus was Section 60, where about 700 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, more than anywhere else in the country.........

Ricky took it all in. This is a side of service he had never fully appreciated, even for a military brat — his great-great-great-grandfather fought at Gettysburg, his father is a retired Army sergeant first class, his stepfather is a retired Navy lieutenant commander and both of his brothers are Air Force senior airmen. (He intends to apply to the Naval Academy at Annapolis and wants to be an officer.)

"Sometimes I look at the birth date and they are about the same age as my brothers, or a year older than me. It puts a whole new perspective on life to think there are 18- or 19-year-old kids who give their lives," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: arlington; honor; military; sacrifice

Ricky Gilleland, a tech-savvy 11th-grader, has created the only digitized record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
1 posted on 04/27/2011 1:04:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Project Preserve and Honor
2 posted on 04/27/2011 1:05:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All

“......And I’m struck by the hypocrisy of the supposedly “anti-war” politicians who voted against Iraq, like Nancy Pelosi. Since Obama was elected, she has voted to continue the war in Afghanistan … and supported the attack on Libya.

Only a handful of Congressmen have remained principled on foreign intervention. One of them is Ron Paul. On my FBN show this week, I’ll talk with him about why he opposes our “aggressive foreign policy.” Thursday at 10pm EST.” [end excerpt]

http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2011/04/25/where-did-all-the-anti-war-protestors-go/


3 posted on 04/27/2011 1:09:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

BTTT. To someone who appreciates the sacrifice versus those that have chosen public service for the paycheck first.


4 posted on 04/27/2011 1:10:51 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: PA Engineer

I’m sure Ricky Gilleland’s web site has been posted earlier on FR but I thought it was an interesting article coming from the LA Times. I am inspired by his commitment.


5 posted on 04/27/2011 1:26:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So am I. That is one good kid. BTTT again.


6 posted on 04/27/2011 1:42:41 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

An amazing young man. He’s performing an essential and honorable service and his parents should be so proud. What a refreshing and humbling story, thanks for the post.


7 posted on 04/27/2011 1:53:11 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks and bump.


8 posted on 04/27/2011 1:57:58 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great to be an idealist; one can even recall having such tendencies oneself, long, long ago.

Let’s hope the kid still has his idealism when he’s fifty. Given the nature of the world in which we live, THAT would be a feat.


9 posted on 04/27/2011 2:54:24 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is an WONDERFUL story. God bless this young man. Thanks for posting it.


10 posted on 04/27/2011 4:08:26 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks and Bump!


11 posted on 04/27/2011 4:09:38 AM PDT by expatguy (Donations Keep The Expat Fueled !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Although I am opposed to military honors at funerals and military burials in military cemeteries except for those who died in current service, or who retired after a lifetime period of service, I applaud the efforts of this earnest young man.


12 posted on 04/27/2011 4:12:49 AM PDT by bvw
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

After reading about another youth beating people and trashing fast food joints this is refreshing. Thanks.


13 posted on 04/27/2011 4:13:21 AM PDT by st.eqed
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To: bvw

Although I am opposed to military honors at funerals and military burials in military cemeteries except for those who died in current service, or who retired after a lifetime period of service

WHY?
Was not the other folks service honorable and a scarifice for them and their families? Did they not defend this nation. So if a grunt was lucky enough to survive his wounds after a tour in Nam and died years later we just piss on him? No thanks.


14 posted on 04/27/2011 4:27:27 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Thnk You for asking the question that shot into my mind when I read someone was opposed to military honors for qualified veterans.

It should be the Bound duty of the military to at least provide a buglar for every Veteran who pass’s away.


15 posted on 04/27/2011 4:54:34 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Jack Hammer

Wait for it. The O admin will find a way to discredit the boy. He will be refused access. His site will be taken down. He will be labeled a terrorist.... Wait for it. This is much too honorable and Godly American for our Marxist chief to tolerate.


16 posted on 04/27/2011 5:19:28 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: Venturer
When my father died in central Illinois (veteran of WW II and Korea), the local VFW chapter showed up, fired a 21 gun salute, played Taps and collected and distributed the brass to the family. All, without being asked. Among the group were other WW II and Korea vets, their sons and grandsons.
17 posted on 04/27/2011 6:26:20 AM PDT by a6intruder (downtown with big bombs, 24/7, rain or shine, day or night)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Admin Moderator
Please replace the disparaging headline posted with the correct one:

“Teen makes digital record of Arlington graves”

18 posted on 04/27/2011 7:07:29 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it

I copied the article title just as it was printed. If it has been changed, the LA Times changed it later.


19 posted on 04/27/2011 7:21:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Well, that's a relief. I was surprised that you would do such a thing but it does not surprise me at all the LA Times put up that bogus headline; their lawyers must have made the editor tone it down. There is a digital database that has been in place for years at ANC.
20 posted on 04/27/2011 7:39:38 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it

I’m glad you pointed it out because it bothered me to use that original headline.


21 posted on 04/27/2011 7:48:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

DoD should give him the contract but he doesn’t look as if he would ever be the owner of a disadvantaged minority, or woman-owned small business (8a). Some crony minority owned business has had the contract to do this work and has only been screwing it up. Sorry, competent whites who care about doing the job right need not apply.


22 posted on 04/27/2011 7:59:38 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: mikey_hates_everything

Somehow this kid will contribute (already has). He’s had good role models and is one himself.


23 posted on 04/27/2011 8:12:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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