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Teen makes digital record of Arlington graves

LA Times - Los Angeles
By Faye Fiore
April 26, 2011

Reporting from Arlington, Va. - Richard "Ricky" Gilleland III — 11th-grader and Junior Future Business Leaders of America computer ace — has succeeded where the Army failed: He has created the only digitized record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid to rest at Arlington. His website, preserveandhonor.com, is a reverent catalog of the fallen, and one young man's response to a scandal of Army mismanagement, mismarked graves and unmarked remains that has rocked this hallowed place for two years.

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Teen Ensures Heroes Aren't Forgotten

"Fox and Friends" on Fox News Channel
May 30, 2011

Teen on Mission to Preserve and Honor the Fallen

Fox News Channel
By Anne Marie Riha
May 30, 2011

Quiet, soft-spoken 17- year-old Ricky Gilleland spends most weekends surrounded by tombstones, as he walks through Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington, D.C. looking for the burial sites of those individuals who have died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001. Gilleland has taken on the job that the historic cemetery has not been able to do itself.

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Teen Creates Website For Arlington Graves

WUSA9 - Washington
By Peggy Fox
November 11, 2010

STAFFORD, Va. (WUSA) - "One father had to identify his son who'd been dead for two years by his tattoo. I can't imagine that," said Ricky Gilleland.
After the 16-year-old heard about the hundreds of mismanaged and mis-marked grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery, he decided to do something to help.
"A cemetery that has more than 300,000 graves, still using index cards? Ridiculous," he said. Read on...


Stafford teen helps families of fallen

The Free Lance Star
By Rusty Dennen
November 10, 2010

When news of burial mix-ups at Arlington National Cemetery unfolded over the summer, Ricky Gilleland was among those shaking their heads at the scandal. But the 16-year-old junior at North Stafford High School, who comes from a military family, decided to do something about it. During his summer break, he created preserveandhonor.com, a website providing an accurate and continually updated listing of burials at Arlington for those who served in the global war on terror.

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