The story of America is about the countless men and women who give up their own comfort, the company of their loved ones, and sometimes their lives, in service to our nation.
From the Revolutionary War to the worldwide fight against ISIS, in times of both war and peace, military personnel endure hardship so Americans can enjoy peace and freedom. Yet, because these men and women often serve in anonymity, their stories of sacrifice and dedication to duty can be lost forever. By creating and sharing a permanent record of their service, current and future generations gain insights and inspiration.
As a proud member of a military family, you will benefit by joining Americans All, a program of the 31-year-old nonprofit People of America Foundation. This program uses legacy stories to highlight the contributions and common experiences of all Americans. We want to uphold our nation’s values of diversity, tolerance and acceptance by investing more than half of membership fees to provide inclusive social studies instructional resources that also help students succeed in our democracy, economy and workforce. Some of the classroom resources inform students about how military personnel have protected and served our nation.
A legacy story can be presented in text and through photographs, home movies and other video and audio recordings. It can also be published in multiple languages and include hyperlinks to other Web sites important to the honoree. The Heritage Honor Roll may contain more than one legacy story for an individual or a group—or the legacy story may appear in more than one language—because members have opted to recognize different contributions of the same individual or group or wanted to share the story in their native language.
We encourage each service branch and unit to create its own Legacy Partner home page to provide further exposure for the legacy stories of military personnel affiliated with their branch and/or unit.