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Pictures of Vietnam casualties sought for new display

Photos of Hawaii residents who died while serving the U.S. in Vietnam Photos of Hawaii residents who died while serving the U.S. in Vietnam
A pre-visualization of the Education Center at the Wall on the National Mall in Washington D.C. A pre-visualization of the Education Center at the Wall on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Jan Scruggs Jan Scruggs
Billie Gabriel Billie Gabriel

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – People who have a photograph of any of the 276 Hawaii residents killed while serving in the Vietnam War are urged to contribute pictures to be included in a display at the soon to be built Education Center at the Wall on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has launched a nationwide campaign to collect photographs of all 58,276 Americans killed in Vietnam. The Education Center at the Wall will be built adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

"Hawaii has so much symbolic significance to the rest of the country, if we can finish getting these names, or most of them from Hawaii, this will have a huge impact on the mainland. Hawaii is crucial to making this work," said Jan Scruggs, president and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Photographs of about 80 of the 276 causalities from Hawaii had been contributed as of early June, 2011.

"What it's going to do for a lot of families, not just here but across the nation, is it's going to give us an opportunity really to show people that they are more than numbers on that (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) wall. That each name on there, they have a story. They have a name. They have a personality," said Billie Gabriel, whose brother James "Kimo" Gabriel lost his life when ambushed on April 8th, 1962.

Click the link below to learn more about the planned Education Center.

http://buildthecenter.org/

Click on the next link to find out how to contribute a photograph.

http://www.buildthecenter.org/join-the-campaign/pafwan/submit-a-photo.html

 

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

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