LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI- More than 400,00 men and women died in World War II. Their Families were given gold stars to honor their service. Now a group of volunteers from across the country is working to honor those men and women. One woman from Lafayette is part of that volunteer group researching and writing the stories of fallen WWII veterans.
"Even with the amount of work that goes into it, it's worth every hour,” said Emily Ritter
A Volunteer with Stories Behind the Stars.
Emily Ritter is one of about a thousand people across the country who are working to create a database of stories for every single soldier lost during WWII. She says this hits close to home for her since she is part of a Gold Star family too.
"I want to make sure I do something that's worth doing and this is definitely worth doing," said Ritter.
Stories Behind the Stars was created in 2020. Its goal is to make sure every American who lost their life during WWII is remembered and memorialized on its online database.
"We just want so we can get families to come forward so we can get anybody in age who loves history and wants to learn something new they can have that experience," said Ritter.
Telling these historical stories is something she feels is important to preserving veterans' legacy and service.
"They may have been killed several years ago but we still need to celebrate them and remember them,” said Ritter.
Story Behind the Stars has written about 7,000 stories of veterans who died during WWII. They are currently accepting volunteers and writers of all ages. To learn more about the nonprofit or to volunteer click here.