Vietnam War Memorial Comes to Life With Photos of the Fallen

Campaign seeks photos for each of the 58,272 Americans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

To bring the Vietnam War Memorial Wall to life, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and HISTORY are calling for photos of the fallen. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., lists the names of the 58,272 Americans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Today this list is being brought to life.

Together with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and HISTORY, friends and families of the fallen are sharing photos and memories of their lost loved ones. The photos will be on display at a Vietnam War Education Center at the Wall, which will break ground in November 2012.

The photos and stories will also appear online on the VVMF's Virtual Memorial Wall.

Thus far, over 22,000 photos have been collected, and this month and next, HISTORY and VVMF are hosting a series of Call for Photos events in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago to advance the collection of the more than 35,000 photos still needed to complete the display.

Photos can be submitted online here or brought to one of the events. For event dates click here.

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