Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, working with local organizations and volunteers across the country, is collecting the photos and stories of the American soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.
The call for photos is part of the "Faces Never Forgotten" campaign,
urging friends and families of veterans and all Americans to ensure that
the faces and the memories of those on The Wall in Washington D.C. are remembered.
Of the 58,286 men and women whose lives were lost in the Vietnam War,
there are still more than 26,000 whose names are listed on The Wall without
corresponding photos or stories.
The photos and stories the VVMF is collecting will be displayed at The Education Center at The
Wall, on which construction will begin in 2016.
The Center, an innovative learning facility on the memorial grounds,
will teach visitors about the profound impact of the war on the friends,
families and hometowns of the soldiers who didn't return.
When it opens, the Center will display the collected faces and
stories of the men and women whose names are inscribed in black granite on The
Wall, honoring those who fell, those who returned, and those whose service links every generation of Americans.
at the Center, in addition to the soldiers' photos and
stories, will include
400,000 collected mementos left at The Wall, and a celebration of American
military service from the Revolution to the present.
Established in 1979, the VVMF is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
in Washington, D.C. by promoting healing through a better understanding of the Vietnam War.
The tens of thousands of American soldiers lost in the Vietnam War were part of a generation that is passing now, with about 390 vets being lost each year. Unless we can include them in our collective national memory now, their stories will be lost with them.
It will cost $115 million to build the Education Center. Only $26.9 million has been raised to date. Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Education Center at The Wall is funded solely through private donations. Your contribution is welcome.
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