WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is proud to announce a major milestone for its Wall of Faces program. There are now fewer than 2,000 photos needed to complete the effort to collect a photo for each name on The Wall.
VVMF's Wall of Faces aims to connect a face and a story to each of the more than 58,000 service members whose names are inscribed on The Wall in Washington, D.C. so that future generations will better understand the impact of the Vietnam War on American families. Each name represents a life cut short and a family changed forever by their loss. Putting a face to every name helps further preserve their legacies.
The photos are displayed online in the Wall of Faces where each service member listed on The Wall has a personal page and loved ones and friends can leave remembrances. Photos are also displayed as part of a Hometown Heroes display at VVMF's mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals. Photos of service members from the local area are displayed at each stop for The Wall That Heals.
"Putting a face to each name helps people understand the true cost of war, to drive home the fact that every name on The Wall represents a real person with a life cut short," said Jim Knotts president and CEO of VVMF. "Each photo represents a family and friends forever changed. The Wall of Faces also allows family members, friends and comrades to leave remembrances and stay connected to those they lost."
VVMF thanks the hundreds of volunteers around the country who have been instrumental in locating these photos. Because of their tenacious effort, more than 56,000 photos of service members who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam have been found and posted to the Wall of Faces. To date, 34 states and U.S. territories have found every photo for their fallen. To see photos missing by state, visit: vvmf.org/state-photos.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is the nonprofit organization that founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation's Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF's mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era. To learn more about VVMF, visit www.vvmf.org or call 202-393-0090.
SOURCE Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund