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June 24, 2004

Photos for the Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall

    The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. hosts thousands of visitors a year. Surviving Vietnam veterans find comfort in touching the etched names of friends who died in that faraway place, now over 30 years ago. Family members feel closer to the loved ones they lost. All are awed by the sheer size of The Wall and the number of names engraved.
    Closer to home, thousands more visit the traveling Wall when it comes to a location near them.
    The Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall, launched on the Internet three years ago at www.vvmf.org, enables those who cannot travel to those locations the opportunity to experience some of the same comfort, maybe even more.
    The real wall, with it's massive black granite panels, while powerful in its presentation of the over 58,000 men and women who died in Vietnam, lacks one personal touch: a picture of that young person who gave his or her life in the name of freedom for the people of Vietnam. The Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall offers family members, acquaintances or loved ones the opportunity to put a face with a name.
    More than 2,500 photographs were collected for the permanent online photo collection on The Virtual Wall during a four-month campaign three years ago.
    Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, says, "The 'Put a Face with a Name' campaign displays the magnitude of those killed in Vietnam and also shows that each of those servicemembers was a human being who was cut down in the prime of life, protecting the American values of  democracy and freedom. We are committed to creating a complete online experience, featuring photographs of all whose lives were lost in Vietnam."
    Anyone who wishes to post a photo of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name appears on The Wall is encouraged to do so. Photos may be posted by using one of the following methods:
    **  Scan and upload the photos. Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Web site at www.vvmf.org. Click on "Virtual Wall", then "Put a Name with a Face," and then "Post a Remembrance" and follow the directions provided.
    **  E-mail scanned images to VVMF. Scan and e-mail photos as attachments (JPEG or GIF format preferred) to vvmf@vvmf.org with the subject, "Put a Face with a Name" in the body of the e-mail. Include the veteran's name, the sender's name, a password and any other information to be included.
    **  Mail a copy of the photograph to the Memorial Fund. When mailing a copy of a photo - preferably not originals - to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, include the information mentioned above as well as the sender's mailing address so the photo can be returned. Mail the information and photograph to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Attn: "Put a Face with a Name," 1023 15th St., N.W., Second Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.
    For more information, contact the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at (202) 393-0090 or by e-mail at vvmf@vvmf.org.
Thanks to The American Legion Magazine, July 2004 edition, for the original article.