The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has announced a National Call for Photos, a campaign to collect a photograph for each of the 58,272 men and women whose names are inscribed on Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund was established by private citizens in 1979, and raised the money to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The VVMF is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
The VVMF’s most recent initiative is building the Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will help visitors discover the stories of those whose names are inscribed on The Wall.
According to the VVMF’s website, the VVMF currently has no photos for 35,000 of the 58,272 of the men and women whose names are on The Wall. That means there are no photos for 60% of the names inscribed on The Wall. We can change that.
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, Reason in Common Sense (1905)
The Education Center at The Wall will be the centerpiece of a multi-faceted education program that encourages learning before, during, and after a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Education Center will help to put the names on The Wall in context, and it will enhance the experience of visiting The Wall for current and future generations by teaching about the Vietnam War, its national significance and the impact The Wall has had on American culture.
Interactive exhibits and primary resource materials will be enable visitors to better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on family members, home towns, communities and the nation.
Exhibits will include a wall of photographs and the stories of those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. There will also be a selection of the more than 150,000 items that have been left at The Wall, a timeline of the Vietnam Era, and a history of The Wall itself.
In addition to the physical exhibits, The Education Center will have internet-based resources that will allow visitors to gain a better understanding of the Vietnam War, and to get a more complete picture of this important time in history.
How can you help?
Go to www.vvmf.org/thewall and do a search for either someone you knew whose name is on The Wall, or search for those from your hometown.
If you don’t have a photo of the serviceman or woman, contact your friends and neighbors and ask them if they have photographs or further information.
Visit local libraries to research high school yearbooks and archives, which may contain newspaper obituaries with photographs.
Contact local veterans’ organizations and request assistance in locating photographs of the casualties from your local area.
- Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Posts
- Military Order of the Purple Heart
- American Legion Posts
Ask your local veterans’ organizations to announce the Call for Photos project in their newsletters and websites.
Ask your local media to help publicize the Call for Photos.
Request assistance from your local elected officials and from your state legislators.
Contact any local college Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units or high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units.
In 1982 the American people helped The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund complete an impossible mission – to heal a nation and bring comfort and solace to a generation of Veterans.
Today the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is working to complete this mission by building The Education Center – and once again the VVMF needs your help.
For the family and friends of those whose names are on The Wall, a visit to The Wall is like a pilgrimage to a sacred place. To the family and friends of those who are still Missing In Action, a visit to The Wall is like a visit to the cemetery: it is the only place they can go to find closure.
The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where the sacrifice made by all of those whose names are inscribed on The Wall will never be forgotten.
The Center will educate our children and grandchildren about the Vietnam War. It will bring The Wall to life for all future generations – telling the story of the Vietnam War by telling the personal stories of those whose names appear in it.
There are several ways you can contribute a photo of one of the men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall.
Scan and upload the photograph from home
On The Virtual Wall website, find the service member’s profile page and click on “Post a Remembrance.” Complete the required information and choose “Attach an Image from My Computer.” Click on “Next Step” to review the remembrance before submitting it for approval.
E-mail your scanned image to VVMF:
If you have a scanner at home, you can e-mail it as an attachment (jpg, jpeg, or gif preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Call for Photos.” In the body of the e-mail, make sure to include the service member’s name, your name, a password, and any other information you would like included in the remembrance.
Mail a copy of your photograph to VVMF
Make a copy of your photo. VVMF does not want original photos and cannot be responsible for returning photos to donors. When having the photo copied, ask the photo professional to make it the highest quality possible, use a glossy finish and reproduce the photo at an 8 x 10 size, if possible.
Fill out the photo submission form and package it up for mailing with the copy of the photo. When mailing, please indicate on the front of the envelope that a photo is enclosed. Mail to:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Attn: Call for Photos
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW Suite 104
Washington, D.C. 20037
For more information about how to add a photograph to the collection, please contact
Martin Kobylarczyk at (202) 393-0090 or via email at email@example.com.
Visit www.buildthecenter.org to learn more about the Education Center and the proposed Wall of Faces exhibit.
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