Skip to comments.Teen makes digital record of Arlington graves
Posted on 05/01/2011 5:11:41 AM PDT by driftdiver
Reporting from Arlington, Va. 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.
"May I ask what you're doing?" Brown inquires. The boy begins to peck at the Xoom tablet, and in seconds the image that Brown has come all the way from Cartwright, Okla., to see fills the screen. It's the white marble headstone of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Jason L. Brown, killed by small-arms fire in Afghanistan three years ago this day. Her face brightens.
"Most of Jason's family and friends are in Oklahoma and Texas. For them to be able to see his grave
," she says, her voice breaking.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
What a thoughtful young man.
Why am I not surprised?
Except not all the headstones are on the right graves, are they?
Great minds and all that stuff....LOL This young man should receive the highest accolades for what he is doing.
His website brought tears of gratitude to my eyes.....gratitude to those who gave their all for our freedom and gratitude to Ricky Gilleland for using his God-given talent in such a positive, awe-inspiring way.
For those who missed my reference above:
<There are thousands of Arlington dead listed at Find-a-Grave.
I happened to be on Find-a-Grave the other day looking at some celebrity graves when I thought to look up some relatives. I was surprised to find several of them at a cemetery in Washington, DC. It turns out that a guy is going through the cemetery, making a digital record of the graves and submitting them to Find-a-Grave. I contacted him and learned about what he was doing, first for his own relatives, and now for others buried there. It’s nice to have a record.
I also learned that there are volunteers whose job it is to but virtual flowers on the virtual graves so no one is forgotten. I think this is a very nice gesture.
On the Find-a-Grave site or Ricky's site?
THIS is God’s work. Bless this young man.
He’d better be careful. Some SEIU public union golden parachute govt employee, is gonna file a work grievance against him.
Well, I was hoping to find a cousin of mine. No luck. He is not in the Gov database either, yet I have a picture from another of his grave at Arlington, and his burial info in the paper said he was buried there...
I am a bit stunned that this hasn’t been done already.
Perhaps he and several other teens who have exhibited such thoughtfulness and organization should be overseeing Arlington.
Indeed, and he’s not asking for $1 billion in stimulus money either...
A fine example of how private industry works better than public.
No, they’ve screwed up their records and lost track of where some people are buried. There are also problems with the storage of remains before burial. I’ve read where some remains sat in un-refrigerated storage for weeks before being embalmed and buried.
This young man has only finished a portion of the cementary, where those who’ve died in the current conflicts are buried.
That is beautiful.
I took the time to read about
Douglas A. Zembiec
Major, United States Marine Corps
It touched me.
America should be proud but as an American, I am very sad that we will loose more men just like him.
WOW! Thanks for the post/links. HOORAY Ricky Gilleland!
Thanks to all who have served, who are serving and who will serve in the future...and thanks to their families and friends.
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