A nationwide project is seeking to obtain photographs of those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation is sponsoring “Faces Never Forgotten.” The purpose of the effort is to attach an image and a story with the names of those on the granite wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
However, there are many names without photos, including nearly 200 North Carolinians who never returned home from the war-torn southeastern Asian country. The list includes two Albemarle region residents, Mason Nixon Jr. of Hertford and Mack Arthur Jordan of Tyner.
Overall, plans call for constructing an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The center’s purpose will be to bring to life the stories of those who lost their lives and also will be to connect future generations to the lasting impact, the insights and the heroes of the war.
The visitor will be given an identification tag of someone whose name is on the wall, providing him or her with the chance to learn the soldiers’ stories and to share in the remembrances left by friends and loved ones.
The center also will provide a proper home for more than 200,000 items left at the wall, which was dedicated in 1982. There were 58,220 American military casualties as a result of the Vietnam War, with 1,613 of them being North Carolinians.
The foundation can be reached by phone at 202-393-0090.
On the Internet: www.vvmf.org/faces-never-forgotten