Veterans Legacy Program
Welcome to the University of Central Florida—National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) website and educational resource portal.
The National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program is a Veterans Administration-funded project that aims to connect veterans commemorated at national cemeteries to the broader community using cutting-edge technology and innovative pedagogy designed by a collaborative team of university professors, staff, students, and K-12 educators.
In the Spring and Summer of 2017 UCF’s History Department contracted with NCA to tell the stories of our nation’s veterans memorialized at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. The project harnessed UCF student research efforts to create biographies of veterans buried or memorialized at the cemetery. These biographies form the basis for this website, which features the veterans’ stories, a mobile application for cemetery visitors, as well as an interactive K-12 curriculum. The project also included a field trip to the cemetery on May 19, 2017. Approximately 150 seventh-graders joined teachers, UCF faculty, staff, and students, government representatives, and the media to share veterans’ stories and learn about our nation’s history.