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Honor their Service - Honor their Memory

Jerry Mull
 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, often simply called The Wall, is one of the most visited attractions in Washington, D.C.  For 33 years, it has stood, in polished black granite, a somber and moving tribute to over 58,000 men and women killed or missing during the war.  Name after name after name powerfully illustrates the magnitude ofthe amount of lives lost.  However, as the years move us further and further away from the realities of the war and those who served, we must find ways to keep alive the memories of the individuals who sacrificed for us.  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has embarked on a heroic mission to do just that.

Since its dedication on November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has “pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.”  To further this mission, and to help personalize and memorialize each individual, the VVMF is building The Education Center to tell the stories of our fallen heroes and provide an educational experience about the Vietnam War.  The heroic part of this project is one everyone can assist with: to find a photo to match every name on The Wall.  You can help.

There are 1,307 names of Virginian Vietnam vets listed on The Wall.  WHRO is proud to spearhead a state-wide initiative and engage partners and community individuals to ensure every Virginian listed has a photo.  The images will become part of the "Wall of Faces" - a lasting tribute for the Vietnam Memorial Education Center.

Help us find the photos and make sure every Virginian is honored. 

WHRO and other community partners, Slover Library, WVEC Channel 13, and Nauticus, are working together to spread the word to find a photo of every one of the 1,307 Virginian service men and women listed on The Wall. The images will become part of the "Wall of Faces" - a lasting tribute planned for the Vietnam Memorial Education Center near the mall in Washington D.C  

You can help put a face to these names and honor those who lost their lives by joining the effort to collect and preserve photographs of every service member whose name appears on the Wall.  

Click here for names of veterans still in need of a photo
Click here for veterans pictures that have been found.

Need help getting started? The VVMF is looking for any kind of photo to help bring the story of those listed on the Wall to life.  Official military photos, yearbook photos, family photos, and personal remembrances are all welcome.   Below are some tips and resources to help you get started.

WHRO will continue to promote the effort through statewide broadcasts, online outreach and community engagement activities until photos have been found for each Virginian on The Wall. 

We would like to hear about your journey to find a photo.  Click here so we may share your story and inspire others to join in this worthy cause.