America’s Legacy of Service by Jan C. Scruggs
Be Apart of Something Great
Collecting a photo of each service member on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a huge challenge. However, it’s a challenge worthy of American heroes like Paul Archer and Larry Hitchens, who were willing to risk their lives for our freedom long ago. They did their duty as American citizens, and through photographs, their sacrifice and values will be remembered in a profound manner.
Thanks to ordinary citizens who have volunteered their time, resources, and commitment to the National Call for Photos, VVMF has collected over 25,000 photographs for display at The Education Center. Visitors to The Education Center at The Wall will be able to see Paul’s and Larry’s photos, along with photos of everyone else on The Wall, on large digital screens. There, at the Education Center, millions will see their faces, hear their stories and never forget their sacrifice.
People from across the nation are helping. Janna Hoehn, a volunteer in Maui, was able to gather all 42 photographs of the casualties from her home island. In New Mexico, the Vietnam Veterans of America gathered nearly all of the photographs after a plea from former Governor Bill Richardson.
One very generous contributor, Major General Neal Creighton, USA (Ret.), a graduate of West Point, not only gathered photos of fallen classmates, but also pledged to raise $1,000 for each. He was determined – finding others to take part – and he eventually succeeded in his efforts.
In Denver, another great American and former combat medic in Vietnam, Neal Stanley, has personally raised nearly $10,000.
From all across America, people are stepping forward and getting organized to obtain these important photos. Have you done your part yet? Can you help find a photograph? Can you help organize a fund raiser or send a donation?
With your help, The Education Center will be a place where service and sacrifice will be elevated and honored. The Center will not be just another stop during a tour of Washington, DC attractions. It will become a destination of its own; a place where each visitor will be inspired – and requested – to do more in their communities. The Center will surely become a legacy of those who served during a challenging time in our history, honoring the sacrifices made by so many in the advancement of American freedom.
They did their part…now do yours, help us build it. Go to www.BuildtheCenter.org
Jan Craig Scruggs, Esq., President
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.