Call For Photos Campaign Kicks off in Virginia
Earlier this week, the First Lady of Virginia joined the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to kick off the Call For Photos campaign in Virginia. The effort is a combined campaign to gather photographs and stories of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, commonly known as The Wall.
Maureen McDonnell joined VVMF at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond to highlight the effort to collect the remaining photographs of the 1,306 Virginians listed on The Wall. To date, VVMF has collected 571 of those photos that will be displayed in the Education Center at The Wall.
“Remembering our fallen heroes is without a doubt a crucial part of fully telling our nation’s great history. The Education Center where these photos will be displayed is a beautiful tribute to these men and women and a wonderful way to show our young people who they should thank for the freedoms they enjoy each day,” McDonnell said. “I call upon all Virginians to join this cause and to help ensure that every last one of these Virginia heroes is remembered through this effort.”
VVMF still hopes to collect the remaining 735 photos of Virginians to ensure that they, along with every name inscribed on The Wall, are never forgotten.
The First Lady was joined by Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and retired Army Maj. Gen. Neal Creighton.
“Virginia suffered some of the worst hardships of any state during the Vietnam War,” Scruggs said. “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.”
Similar Call For Photos events have been held nationwide and VVMF has collected more than 30,000 photos to put faces to the names of the more than 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall. To learn more about the Call For Photos, or to submit a photo, click here.