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he Vietnam Memorial wall stands as a fittingly silent parade of names to honor the ones who never made it home at all. And the monument will soon provide a new resource for recognizing those soldiers. “The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is collecting photos for each of the 58,272 men and women listed on The Wall in Washington, D.C.,” according to founder Jan Scruggs. “These photos are national treasures – they will help us all connect a face and personal story to the names from communities across America that are etched into that black granite wall.” So far, the organization has collected


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more than 20,000 photos from K-12 schools, veterans organizations, online submissions and individual volunteers. All of the pictures will be preserved and displayed at the Education Center at The Wall in Washington, a center that will also show a collection of more than 150,000 items of tribute that have been placed at The Wall since it was built. Alongside the photographs, the facility will present the stories of those who gave their lives in Vietnam.


“By helping to collect the photos, and donating to the Education Center at The Wall, Americans are helping us all remember these brave men and women and show them long-overdue gratitude for their unthinkable sacrifices,” Scruggs said. Join your efforts with other patriotic Americans and help provide the enlightenment described by Michigan eighth-graders Shannon Keivit and McKenzie Mathewson: “We discovered something neither of us had expected,” they wrote, “The names on The Wall had faces. The faces became real people for us...Our hearts have been touched. Our minds have been opened to the past.”


HOW YOU CAN HELP


Research your Hometown Heroes • Go to www.vvmf.org/thewall to research, where each webpage may have a useful clue, such as contact information for the next of kin or friends. • Visit local libraries and research yearbooks or available archives.


Reach Out in Your Community • Announce the call for photos at your state and local meetings, and ask the local media to announce it. Host a photo day to collect photos from the public at a designated site. • Engage local schools, military academies and high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). • Request assistance from your elected officials.


Submit through the online Virtual Wall • Scan your photograph at the highest resolution. • Go to www.vvmf.org/thewall. • Search for the name of the service member, then click on “Post a Remembrance.” • Fill out all fields and select “Attach an Image from my computer.” • After you submit the photograph remembrance, VVMF will process the donation and you will receive a confirmation e-mail.


Submit by Mail Mail a hard copy of a photograph to: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 104 Washington, D.C. 20037 (VVMF does not want original photographs and is not responsible for returning photos. If copying a photo, ask the photo professional to make it an 8X10 at the highest resolution possible.) n MS


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