WASHINGTON, D.C. — The people of the state of Illinois suffered among the greatest number of losses in the Vietnam War, sacrificing 2,938 service men and women in combat.
The Vietnam 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, D.C.
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.
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 894 from the state of Illinois.
The task is far from complete. Generous support from volunteers, fellow service members, family and friends is still needed to gather the remaining 2,044 photos necessary to honor our heroes from Illinois 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 visitors’ 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 hometowns and the nation. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on “The Wall,” honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. For more information, visit www.buildthecenter.org.
“Illinois suffered some of the highest casualty rates of any state in the Vietnam War,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the 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 Illinois to assist the National Call for Photos by submitting photographs of fallen service members and generously supporting the Education Center, ensuring the sacrifices of our military heroes are never forgotten.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (www.vvmf.org) 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.
Authorized by Congress, its most recent initiative is building the Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the memorial that will help visitors discover the stories of those named on The Wall and celebrate the values embodied by all service members who served in all of America’s wars.
Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, as well as a traveling wall replica that honors our nation’s veterans.
Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.buildthecenter.org, calling 866-990-WALL, or by texting “WALL” to 2022.
From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue