Plussing the Vietnam Memorial

Every generation has its war. My dad’s was World War II; mine was Vietnam. I was in Southeast Asia (mostly Thailand) from the summer of 1972 to the summer of 1973. It was the kind of experience you never forget.

We lost more than 58,000 of our finest youth during the Vietnam era. Appropriately, they have been remembered with the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. I recognize some of the names on the Memorial and have visited it several times. It brings the many sacrifices made into vivid perspective.

Which brings me to the latest development in remembering these heroes. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund recently announced it has completed The Wall of Faces. Amazingly, after two decades of work, there is now a face for every name. The Wall is virtual and features a page “dedicated to honoring and remembering every person whose name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial” with at least one photograph. Each page lists the pertinent facts of service and also has a way to upload more photos, leave a remembrance, and to request a rubbing of the name from the Memorial. The Wall is a great accomplishment and the best way I can think of to make sure these faces are never forgotten.

The Wall of Faces can be accessed through the top menu on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund’s website at

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