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Putting faces to the names

September
24

Officials from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund estimate that 40 percent of those who visit The Wall in Washington, D.C. are too young to remember the war or any of the more than 58,000 people whose names appear on the memorial.

To keep the memories alive, an $85 million learning center is being build underground at the National Mall to educate visitors about the Vietnam War and those who fought and died there. Exhibits will include a timeline and a sampling of items left at The Wall by loved ones of those who died in the war.

Perhaps the most spectacular display being planned is a larger-than-life wall of photos of the men and women whose names are etched on the memorial, to be shown on each of their birthdays.

It’s a way to remind visitors that the people who fought and died in Vietnam were in fact people, not just faceless names on a monument.

To that end, the Memorial Fund and FedEx have started a Call for Photos campaign to gather images of those who died in Vietnam.  Friends and family member can bring their photos to any of the more than 1,600 FedEx Office Print and Ship centers to be scanned for use at the Education Center at The Wall. Contributors will be asked to fill out a form identifying the person and will be asked to share a memory of that person.

Click here to check out the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website and find out more.

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 2:57 pm by Rich Liebson. |
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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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