New Interactive Map Highlights Locations of Veterans Memorials
Salt Lake City – In time for Veterans Day, a new web-based map created by the Utah Division of State History shows the locations of hundreds of military veterans’ memorials, cemeteries and parks found throughout Utah.
“The goal of this project is to create a comprehensive, centralized location for our state’s veterans’ memorials, to remember and celebrate the contributions of all veterans of all time periods,” said Christina Epperson, GIS Analyst for the Division of State History.
The map (heritage.utah.gov/history/history-map-gallery) allows users to find veterans’ memorials statewide or by time period from the Civil War to the present.
“This is a terrific initiative! Utah is a patriotic state that strives to embrace and remember those who have served our great country and state,” said Gary R. Harter, Executive Director for the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs. “I urge all Utahns to find out their local monuments and visit them as a way to express their appreciation for those men and women who valiantly serve from our state.”
There are currently over 200 known monuments, cemeteries and parks dedicated to veterans in Utah that are found on the map. But there are also likely ones that have not been included, and members of the public are encouraged to help identify those missing memorials through pictures and location information.
In an effort to make historical and cultural resources available to the public, as well as to reach younger audiences, State History is creating digital maps and data layers on topics and events important to the shared heritage of Utahns. The Veterans Memorial & Monument Project is freely available online, and the data itself can be downloaded directly from State History’s website.