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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012
Contact: Lee Allen
Phone: (202) 393-0090, ext. 109
University of Texas San Antonio Submits 319 photos of Fallen Texans Listed on Vietnam Veterans Memorial
WASINGTON, DC – On March 29th, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) gratefully accepted two compact disks containing photographs of 319 Texans from the San Antonio area who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. During a brief ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a delegation from the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA), led by volunteer researcher Mark Marquez and retired air force colonel and UTSA military advisor, Jim Massaro, presented the photos to Jan C. Scruggs, VVMF Founder and President.The photos will become part of the growing collection of photos to be featured in the planned Education Center at The Wall.
“The people of Texas suffered among the greatest number of losses in the Vietnam War, sacrificing 3,417 service-men and women in combat,” commented Jan Scruggs. “These brave heroes and the stories of their lives should never be forgotten, and efforts like this will make sure they won’t be.”
Beginning in early 2010, volunteers and staff collected the photos as part of the university’s “Faces With Names” project. The project wass spearheaded by Ricardo Romo, President of UTSA, who first heard about VVM’s National Call for Photos campaign from San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt. Romo received help from volunteers from the San Antonio and Bexar County communities, who began conducting the research needed to locate the photographs of the fallen from the Vietnam War.
The group originally sought photos of 354 fallen heroes who identified the San Antonio area as their homes of record. With over ninety percent of the photographs located, the volunteers are still working hard to collect the remaining ten percent.
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 a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, this multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor’s center and learning facility will reside 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.
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, or by calling 866-990-WALL.
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