New England publishers and editors,
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is asking newspapers throughout the country to help find pictures of soldiers from their communities who were killed in action in Vietnam for the new “Faces Never Forgotten” project. This project is an online interactive display, and people will also be able to view it at the new Education Center that’s being built near the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall.
Out of the 58k soldiers killed, the VVMF still needs 24,000 pictures. In light of such a big challenge, they’d like local newspapers to help locate a picture of any of the soldiers from their circulation area that don’t already have a picture in the display. Conceivably, your paper could run an article asking if anyone has a picture of the soldier(s) – perhaps as part of an upcoming Memorial Day feature, and you could also check your own archives for a news, activity or sports photo. Some papers may even be willing to contact the local high school to see if it has a yearbook picture to honor an alum in the display who is missing a photo.
Here is the request from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund “Faces Never Forgotten” project needs help obtaining missing photos of Vietnam veterans from New England. These photos will help complete an electronic “Wall of Faces” in the new education center at the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
View the gallery in progress at http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/.
These are moving tributes to fallen soldiers. Would you please help us locate a photo of each soldier from your area?
Please check the display, and if there is a soldier from your area who is missing a photo, perhaps you could check to see if you have a photo in your newspaper archive and/or run a notice in your paper. If you obtain the photos, please just send them to NENPA and they will forward them on to the VVMF.
Guide to determining which photos are needed
The following are instructions are on how to get the updated status of the photos in the display.
1. Go to: http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/
2. Click Advanced Search, to the right of the search box
3. Input the city, county, or state that coincides with your circulation area
4. Scroll to the last box and check: Does Not Have a Default Photo
5. Hit Submit
This will show any names of soldiers from your area that are missing a photo.
Thank you for your help with this very worthwhile tribute.
Please send photos to:
New England Newspaper & Press Association
“Faces Never Forgotten”
370 Common St.
Dedham, MA 02026