The people of the state of California suffered among the greatest number of losses in the Vietnam War, sacrificing 5,577 service-men and women in combat. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) mission to honor these heroes continues with the National Call for Photos, a movement to collect photos of the more than 58,000 service-members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC.
When collected, all photos will be displayed for generations to come at The Education Center at The Wall, a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
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With the support of schools, volunteers, friends, and family from around the country, VVMF has collected more than 25,000 pictures to date, but only 1,901 from the state of California. According to the center’s records, 3,676 photos of California Vietnam War heroes are still needed, including 539 from the Los Angeles area.
The task is far from complete. Generous support from volunteers, fellow service-members, family, and friends is still needed in order to gather the remaining 3,676 photos necessary to honor our heroes from California for display at The Education Center.
With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, The Education Center at The Wall is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their home towns, and the Nation.
The Education Center will feature the faces of the 58,272 men and women on “The Wall,” and will forever honor those who fell in Vietnam. Those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served and perished will have their stories shared. For more information, visit www.buildthecenter.org.
“California – especially the city of Los Angeles – suffered some of the highest casualty rates in the Vietnam War,” said Jan C. Scruggs, Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). “The Education Center at The Wall will allow Americans to put faces with the names of brave men and women who lost their lives, fostering their appreciation and respect for generations to come.”
VVMF urges the citizens of Los Angeles to assist the National Call for Photos by submitting photographs of fallen service-members and generously supporting the Education Center, ensuring that the sacrifices of our military heroes are never forgotten.
How to Submit a Photo
If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, please help the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with their name. You may use either of the following methods to submit your photograph:
If you have a digital copy of the photograph, you can upload the photograph at http://vvmf.org/submit_other.
Mail a copy of your photograph
Make a copy of your photo. VVMF does not want original photos and cannot be responsible for returning photos. 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. Be sure to include the photo submission form, and 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 VVMF at (202) 393-0090 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About VVMF and the Education Center at the Wall
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. The Education Center at The Wall is a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.buildthecenter.org, calling 866-990-WALL, or by texting “WALL” to 2022.