Incorporating rich graphics and animation to honor the service of our military veterans, Honorplace.com delivers an engaging interactive experience to viewers.
The site's unique interface allows veterans and family members to celebrate personal military experiences by associating, stories, photos, and duty assignments with each medal and ribbon awarded. This allows veterans to preserve "their stories" as a part of history in a customizable on-line shadowbox that can be shared with family, friends and visitors to the website.
"I first got the idea for building this website about eight years ago," says former Navy submariner, Jeb Cariker. "After my grandfather died, my mother found his military medals, ribbons, and badges in the bottom of a box. She rescued the awards and had them mounted in a handsome display case."
"Although his shadowbox looked great, no one really knew what the medals and ribbons represented. I then realized that the human connection between my grandfather's personal journey in the Coast Guard and his awards had been lost." Cariker says that Honorplace.com bridges the gap between a veteran's physical awards and the service and sacrifice that they represent. By simply clicking on any award, badge or duty station, the viewer can learn more about the veteran's career.
The free site also has a "buddy feature" which allows veterans to socialize with others by adding them to their shadowbox buddy lists. Built in search capabilities make it easy to find friends by service or specialty. "I feel like this is the next step in personalization. With the ability to drag awards for a custom layout and select from a variety of shadowbox themes, Honorplace.com is designed to make every veteran feel like he has a custom built showcase," says Cariker.
Jeb Cariker is an eleven year veteran of the U.S. Navy and is founder of Honorplace.com. He has spent the last twelve years innovating rich media applications for the web. As an advocate for those who serve, he is proud to bring this experience to Honorplace.com.