Home and Away is a joint effort between CNN.com and the CNN Library, in the works for 10 years, and the data-visualization project allows users to search by criteria including last name, age, hometown, location of death, and date of death, after which they are led to individual memorial pages that also contain memories from family and friends shared through iReport. Users can also share their iReport tributes.
As part of the Home and Away initiative, CNN chief national correspondent John King will dedicate a segment each day for one month during his John King, USA — which airs nightly at 7 p.m. ET –to one of the casualties, and a special edition of the program will air Memorial Day.
CNN News Services executive vice president Susan Grant said:
Each of these casualties has an inspiring and moving story, and we wanted to find an exceptional way to honor the sacrifice every single one of them made. We hope Home and Away serves as an enduring memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, while also helping the CNN audience to more personally connect with this deeply complex topic.
John King, USA executive producer Michelle Jaconi added:
We were so moved by the powerful stories of these service members and those who loved them along the way. Our CNN.com colleagues have created a powerful tool that allows us to more deeply engage with our viewers, connecting them to personal tributes from the fallen’s family and friends.