Library of Life Trust Offers Support to the Red Cross Movement and Creates Permanent Online Memorial to Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Library of Life Trust Offers Support to the Red Cross Movement and Creates Permanent Online Memorial to Victims of Hurricane Katrina

LONDON — The World Lights “Virtual Candles” and Conveys Well-Wishes To Those Suffering; HRH Prince Michael of Kent Offers Condolences

To assist the Library of Life Trust’s ongoing support of the Red Cross Movement, the Library of Life has set up a special section of its memorial Web site (www.memory-of.com) dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, a member of the British royal family and Patron of the not-for-profit Library of Life Trust, has pledged thousands of free memorials for the commemoration of the victims. In addition, the Library of Life is raising funds for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) by making a donation every time a new Web site is created. For this tragedy, it has pledged to match every donation it makes to the IFRC with an equal one directly to the American Red Cross.

“We have all been touched by the plight of our friends in America and the thoughts of all of us in Britain are with the victims and their families,” said His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.

The Library of Life Trust will sponsor all costs of setting up individual and family memorials for the victims of Hurricane Katrina while simultaneously offering a forum for people around the globe to offer condolences, well-wishes and prayers for the victims. The site offers photos and messages while inviting individuals to light a “virtual candle” and post their thoughts on the site. All entries will be preserved online forever, providing a permanent memorial to the victims and a home for the heroic stories that have already started to emerge.

“This Web site will serve as a monument to the tragedy,” said Stephen Forsyth, Founding Trustee of the Library of Life Trust. “It will be all the more moving as it will be written not only by the American people, but by those offering their well-wishes from around the world.”

Aside from the loss of life, those in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina have suffered further losses – that of damage to property and possessions. While televisions, cars and even houses can be repaired and replaced, millions of people have lost their most precious memories – photos, videos and letters from loved ones. These mementos are truly irreplaceable. “The Library of Life has been set up to ensure that our most precious memories are kept safe forever and friends and family are never forgotten. By placing our memories in the Library of Life they will be treasured for generations. Never again will they be lost, damaged or destroyed,” said Henry Chamberlain, CEO of Library of Life Inc.

The Library of Life was set up in 2004 as the world’s first official record of life and has grown in just a short time to hold nearly 20,000 life stories, memorials and testimonies. The project raises funds for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“IFRC”) by making a donation every time a new Web site is created.

A link to the donations page of the American Red Cross can be found at www.memory-of.com.

About Library of Life

Library of Life, www.libraryoflife.org, is a unique way to commemorate life and share memories online forever. The Web site allows individuals to honor, respect and celebrate family and friends by focusing on the importance of sharing life stories, experiences and photos in a simple, easy-to-use forum. All Web sites are cared for by the Library of Life Trust, a not-for-profit organization, whose Patron is His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. The Trust also raises funds for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

About Memory-of.com

Creating a Web site memorial is a sincere and meaningful way of honoring and celebrating the life of a loved one. As part of the Library of Life, Memory-of.com offers everyone a unique way to pay tribute to the departed and offer comfort to those left behind. It lets individuals cherish loved ones and share the memories forever. Visit the site at www.memory-of.com.

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