Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Home and Away: How you can honor your heroes


Memorial Day is a holiday for remembering the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for their country. It is fitting, then, that we received nearly 150 Home and Away tributes to fallen troops yesterday.


CNN's Home and Away is an interactive memorial to the thousands of coalition troops worldwide who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. Every fallen hero has a personal page set up in their honor with a place for loved ones to share their tributes.


Most of the tributes we have received are from friends and family members of the fallen heroes, but some have come from those who never knew the service member, they just happened to be from the same town or state.


“I did not know you, but I am from Mississippi as well. [It's] so sad to see a neighbor go,” iReporter justinn88 wrote yesterday in a tribute to Sgt. Donnie Leo Ford Levens from Long Beach, Mississippi.


Whether you personally know someone who died in action or, like justinn88, want to honor a troop you feel connected to in some way, you can explore the interactive and learn about the fallen.


Through your Home and Away tributes, we hope to learn more and help spread the memories of these brave men and women with the rest of the world.

June 3, 2011
Click to view ponydig's profile

I have an idea that I would be thrilled to see put into action to show our troups and fallen heroes that we love them.

Whatever happened to the days where there was not a government building you drove by that didn't have an American flag ON A POLE on their premisis? When did it become just another decoration to put up and take down like the Christmas tree? Has America forgotten what it stands for?

Can we please get a sense of patriotism here and show some love!?

Government agencies, buisnesses big and small, residents, and all of those who take advantage of our freedom, do the right thing. You're in America. Spend any amount (small or large) to display a flag pole on your grounds with a light for the evening (because people serving for you do so 24 hours a day, why not display the flag that way)and then proudly raise up our nations ensign and represent the country you love.

These friends, family members, co-workers etc. signed a paper saying they will die for you; someone they don't even know.

Can we please put the American flag back in every business and yard in America to show how truly greatfull we are and how much we love those serving at Home and Away?

June 6, 2011
Click to view Siddique's profile

It is best way to honor our true heros...

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