For the first time in our nation's history, the names and information of the more than 500,000 Americans who died in battle since WWII have been assembled in one place: the National Gold Star Family Registry. Gathered from government sources, organizations, and the National Archives, the names had never before been made available together in one location displaying the full measure of the sacrifice that has kept us free. The Registry is an unique virtual memorial not only lists names, but also allows family and friends an opportunity to share photos, stories, and memories of their fallen Hero as part of a tribute page in a safe, moderated environment. This allows Americans to learn about the fallen from the people who knew them best. They can learn not just of the war in which these Heroes fought, but of the reasons they joined the fight. They can learn not just of their heroic final acts, but of the lifetime that shaped the Hero they became.