Call to action

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Vietnam Memorial in Washington — one of the most visited sites on the National Mall — is asking for help to preserve the memories of those killed in action in Vietnam and to educate visitors about the Vietnam War.

The VVMF is collecting photos to match each of the 58,272 names on The Wall and they are raising fund to build an Education Center near The Wall. It will include the photos and personal stories of those whose names are on The Wall, will be a lasting legacy for all Vietnam veterans, and will tell visitors about the Vietnam War.

To upload a digital photo, visit the website www.vvmf.org/thewall and search for your casualty by name. Once you find the right person, click on “profile,” then click on “post a remembrance” to add a photo. You can also submit a copy of a photo by mail (do NOT submit original photos, they will not be returned). The directions at www.vvmf.org/photos detail the information required to accompany the photo.

The VVMF plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Education Center on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012. A goal to raise $1,000 for each individual name on The Wall has been set; contributions from families and friends of Vietnam veterans, veterans’ organizations and schools are all needed to reach the goal. Donations can be made online at www.vvwf.org/onlinedonation.

To submit a photo or make a donation by mail, write to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037.