In the hearts of our nation, no one holds more honor and respect than our deceased service members. Our nation and our military are eternally grateful to them — and to you, their survivors. You and your loved one are forever in our hearts and thoughts, and forever a part of our military family. The Department of Defense is committed to providing an enduring remembrance and recognition for your service member, making sure their name and memory live forever. You are invited to submit them to be honored in this DOD memorial, where your family and friends can view, remember, honor and share the tribute.
To be eligible, service members must have died while serving honorably on active duty from 1985 to the present, including peacetime deaths.
Who can submit a service member?
Family members who have access to the DD Form 1300, “Report of Casualty,” provided upon the service member’s death.
- Select a photograph that shows only the service member, dressed in military uniform for the service branch they were in when they died or in business attire.
- Save the photo file in a PNG or JPG format before uploading it to the site.
- For the best quality, use a 500 pixels by 500 pixels photo.
- Portrait orientation is recommended.
The submission process:
- Submit your service member to be honored in the memorial by completing the form in the Add a Loved One page. You will need to enter information about your service member from the DD Form 1300, “Report of Casualty,” to complete the memorial request form.
- Once you complete your submission, the information you enter will be verified against your service member’s individual deceased personnel file to confirm eligibility for the memorial.
- If there are discrepancies between the information you enter and your service member’s individual deceased personnel file, or if the photo you submit does not meet the requirements, we may need to contact you with questions.
- You will receive updates throughout the submission review process. Updates will be sent to you according to the contact information you provided during the submission process.
- You can check the status of your submission at any time.
- You will receive an email when your service member is added to the memorial. The email will include a link to your service member’s individual memorial.
The Department of Defense’s Military In Lasting Tribute online memorial is dedicated to recognizing and remembering service members who died while serving honorably on active duty from 1985 to the present. It is the only DOD memorial that includes peacetime deaths. Eventually, the memorial will include service members who died before 1985.
The Military In Lasting Tribute memorial will live forever in the digital landscape.
Most service members who died while on active duty from 1985 to the present and who served honorably are eligible for the Military In Lasting Tribute memorial. Those who are not eligible to be honored in the memorial include any person:
- Who did not die in an active-duty status
- Who was convicted of a federal or state capital crime
- Who avoided prosecution of a federal or state capital crime by flight or death
- Who was convicted of being a Tier III sex offender
- Who committed a crime leading to their own death
- Whose death occurred under circumstances that would bring discredit upon the person’s military service
At this time, service members who died while on active duty prior to 1985 are not eligible due to data limitations. Deaths prior to 1985 require validation through the National Personnel Records Center. Due to the resurgence of coronavirus disease 2019 in the local communities, the NPRC is operating at a reduced capacity. As of Aug. 2, 2021, the NPRC had reduced its on-site staffing to 10% of the workforce. While they remain in this state, they will continue to service emergency requests associated with medical treatments, burials and homeless veterans trying to gain admittance to homeless shelters. The NPRC asks that everyone refrain from submitting nonemergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections or records research until it returns to pre-COVID-19 staffing levels.
The submission process is open to family members who have access to the service member’s pertinent information from the DD Form 1300, “Report of Casualty.”
Family members can begin the submission process by clicking on the plus sign in the “Add a Loved One” box at the top of this page, where they will find a submission form and instructions. They will be guided through a five-step process that begins with eligibility questions and requires the family member to enter key data from DD Form 1300, “Report of Casualty,” into the online form. They will also be asked to upload a photo, if one is available. The service member’s information will be verified against their individual deceased personnel file before being approved for display in the memorial.
Photographs should show the service member in military uniform for the service branch they were in when they died or in business attire and feature only the service member. Photos must be in PNG or JPG format, with a suggested size of 500 pixels by 500 pixels and a maximum file size of 5MB. Portrait orientation is recommended. Once you upload your loved one’s photo, you will be able to crop it as needed.
Once the memorial request is processed and approved, the service member’s tribute will be published on the memorial website. In addition to being displayed in the group photo gallery, the service member will have an individual page that displays their name (first name, middle name, last name and suffix with just one space between the words), their photo or service branch seal and information such as rank and date of death. Visitors to the site will have the option to share the link to the memorial via email or social media.
You will be able to view your service member’s memorial as soon as it has been approved and published. We will carefully compare your submission with your service member’s official military record and contact you if there are any discrepancies. You will receive an email when your service member is added to the memorial. That email will include a link to your service member’s individual memorial. You can check the status of your submission at any time by clicking on the “Check Status of an Honoree” link found under the “Add a Loved One” box at the top of this page.
If you have new information and evidence to confirm your service member’s eligibility for the memorial, contact your service casualty office.
The DOD respects the privacy of its service members and surviving family members. Deceased service members will not be added to the memorial without a family member’s permission. Family members who wish to include their loved one in the memorial should submit a memorial request and photo through the Add a Loved One form linked at the top of this page.
You can request updates to an existing honoree’s memorial by selecting the Update Honoree link on the service member’s individual tribute page. You will be asked to verify the email address you used when you submitted the original request for the service member to be included in the memorial. Once verified, you may submit a request to update your service member’s information or photo. If you did not submit the original request to add the service member to the memorial, there is a separate process to verify that you are eligible to request edits to the memorial.
All requests to add service members to the Military In Lasting Tribute memorial are verified against their official military record. Once verified, the service member’s information from their official military record is used for the memorial. We cannot display information that does not match that record, nor can we change the format or order of the information.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure to search the service member’s legal name.
- Do not use nicknames for your search. The names displayed on the memorial are from the service member’s official record.
- Do not include punctuation in your search terms.
- Check the name being searched for typos.
- Try searching by last name only to broaden your results.
- View all honorees and filter by branch of service, year of death and/or rank.
- Keep in mind that the next of kin may have chosen not to submit the service member for inclusion in the memorial.
If you submitted a request to add your service member to be honored in the memorial but they have not yet been added, you can check the status of your submission at any time using the “Check Status of an Honoree” link above.
If you have not yet submitted a request to add your service member to the memorial, submit a request through the “Add a Loved One” form linked above.
The memorial launched on Nov. 10, just in time for Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Official promotion of the website will begin in December.
Nov. 11 has long been a sacred day for our country. In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared that marked the end of World War I.
And now, more than a century later, we’re proud to have created the Military In Lasting Tribute memorial:
- A way to rededicate ourselves to recognizing our heroes
- Made for the 21st century and the world we live in now
- As ever-present and enduring as our respect
The DOD is committed to providing an enduring remembrance and recognition of service members who died while serving our nation as well as to the family and friends they left behind.
If your loved one did not die on active duty and does not meet the criteria for the Military In Lasting Tribute Memorial, they may be eligible to be honored through the Department of Veterans Affairs digital platform, the Veterans Legacy Memorial. The Veterans Legacy Memorial pays tribute to millions of veterans buried in national cemeteries. In the future, the VA has plans to expand its memorial to veterans buried in cemeteries maintained by state governments and, eventually to those buried in private cemeteries. You can learn more about the Veterans Legacy Memorial and get details on how to memorialize your veteran at https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/
Though we cannot make any promises, we encourage you to submit your loved one for consideration, as your service member’s military service department will conduct a higher-level review.