Connecticut residents can now memorialize a family member or friend who died in the Vietnam War, by responding to a national "Call for Photos" that seeks to provide the faces, stories, and remembrances of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (commonly known as “the Wall”) in Washington, DC. To ensure that 100% of Connecticut’s fallen are remembered, the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Veterans History Project at Central Connecticut State University are working with volunteers and teachers in the state to collect photos and remembrances of Connecticut’s 612 fallen who do not yet have photos on the VVM’s Virtual Wall. As of the end of July, photos have been collected for less than half of those killed from Connecticut. The national “Call for Photos” campaign aims to attach faces to the 58,284 names memorialized on the Wall. The Education Center will create a Wall of Faces exhibit to display all collected digital photographs once the Center is constructed. As of late July, just two states have collected 100 percent of their photos – New Mexico and North Carolina. Nationwide, just 35 percent have been collected. Approximately 4 million people visit the Vietnam Memorial each year.
Further information about the initiative in Connecticut is available from the Veterans History Project at CCSU, from Eileen Hurst, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy & Social Research, at 860-832-2976.