Maine lost some 341 soldiers in the Vietnam War, which, with United States involvement, spanned from the early 1960s to 1975. With the support of schools, volunteers, friends and family, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has collected photographs of some of these soldiers from Maine, leaving many more yet to be obtained through the National Call for Photos, a project of the fund’s mission to honor the more than 58,000 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as “The Wall,” in Washington, D.C. The photos will be displayed at The Education Center at The Wall, a site on the National Mall where the stories and sacrifice of military men and women who served in Vietnam will not be forgotten. To access a list of Maine soldiers who died in Vietnam, whose names appear on the Vietnam Memorial and whose photos have not been sent to the Fund, go to www.bdn.to/wallphotos. This link also contains a list of those whose photos have been sent to the Fund.
Photos should be emailed to Matthew Johnson at email@example.com (that’s two Vs, not a w) or mail to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Suite 104, Washington, D.C., 20037.
With groundbreaking planned for November, The Education Center at The Wall is a multimillion 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, according to a press release. The Education Center will feature the faces and stories of the 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. The project has collected more than 25,000 pictures to date. For information, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at buildthecenter.org. Information also is available by calling 866-990-WALL, or by text messaging “WALL” to 2022.