A virtual Vietnam War memorial is nearing completion, and you can help.
The Vietnam Veteran Memorial Fund (VVMF) is searching for photos of five Columbus, Georgia, Vietnam War casualties.
The campaign, which can be viewed at vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces, features a page dedicated to honoring and remembering every person whose name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As of Thursday, the campaign has matched 1,585 pictures with Georgia veterans, and only 23 names from the Peach State remain without a photo, according to VVMF Vice President of Programs and Communications Heidi Zimmerman.
"There are 58,276 names on the wall," Zimmerman said. "In trying to preserve their legacies, knowing and seeing the face behind the name, and knowing more information about them where people can leave remembrances and hear stories about their lives, really helps give you a better picture of the person. It's really about preserving their legacies more."
The five from Columbus are:
Pvt. Emmitt Mays, Jr. (born February 8, 1946; died April 11, 1966)
Sgt. Henry Pasley (born February 2, 1926; died January 25, 1966)
Staff Sgt. Howard Williams (born January 18, 1941; died February 20, 1968)
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Wood (born October 25, 1931; died February 10, 1968)
Cpl. James Wright (born August 24, 1946; died August 11, 1966)
As of October 11, there are only 435 names remaining without a photo. With Veteran's Day coming up, the VVMF is making a push to get the last few hundred photos and complete the project.
"We certainly hope that we can get all the photos," Zimmerman said. "Because it's important for us to put a face with every name and make sure they're all remembered."
The VVMF is dedicated to honoring and remembering every person whose name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Originally named the Call for Photos and launched in 2013, the Wall of Faces campaign is an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam by finding a photo to go with each of the 58,000-plus names on The Wall.
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