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Interactive Map Honors Fallen Soldiers Of Iraq And Afghanistan

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Although Memorial Day is meant to honor all American fallen soldiers, one man took it upon himself to honor the most recent soldiers who died in action.

Google engineeer Sean Askay, with research and the help of the Google Earth team, created "Map of the Fallen," which pinpoints the locations where the 5,700 American and coalition force soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The interactive map (which requires Google Earth 5.0) also traces the lines connecting each of the fallen soldiers to their hometown and can be viewed chronologically, starting with the first death in Afghanistan of a U.S. soldier on Oct. 10, 2001.

In addition, Map of the Fallen is searchable by name, gender, age, hometown, or location of death, and includes photos of the soldiers, information on how they died, a guest book for visitors and links to memorial sites and obituaries.