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Contact: Lee Allen
Phone: (202) 393-0090, ext. 109
April 16, 2012
NEVER FORGOTTEN: 665 Photos of Kentucky’s Vietnam War Heroes Still Needed
Officials to Issue “Call for Photos” During Event at Garrard County Justice Center on April 30, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, April 16, 2012 – Kentucky sustained heavy losses during the Vietnam War and the names of 1,057 service members killed in action are etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The mission to honor these heroes continues with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) National “Call for Photos” initiative and the goal of collecting photos of the more than 58,000 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, commonly referred to as 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.
On April 30, VVMF’s Founder and President Jan Scruggs will join U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, state Rep. Lonnie Napier and state Sen. Tom Buford to honor local veterans and continue the Call For Photos initiative.
When: April 30, 2012
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Garrard County Justice Center, 54 Stanford St., Lancaster, KY, 40444
“The Education Center at The Wall will allow us all to put faces with the names of brave men and women who lost their lives in Vietnam, fostering their appreciation and respect for generations to come,” said Scruggs.
With the support of schools, volunteers, friends and family members nationwide, VVMF has collected more than 25,000 pictures to date, including 392 from Kentucky. The task, however, is far from complete. Generous support is still needed to gather the remaining 665 photos necessary to honor our Kentucky heroes 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 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.
VVMF urges all Kentuckians 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. 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.
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