VVA Chapter 1036 of The Villages, FL is dedicated to helping find photos for each of the fallen featured on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
The chapter and other amateur researchers had 778 names for which to find photos. There are now 84 names remaining for the project called the Wall of Faces.
The five Florida counties with the most names still missing complementary photos are Broward, Duval, Escambia, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade. There are 11 other counties missing photos for their service men and women. Photos from Sumter, Lake and Marion counties have all been found.
The group of researchers is utilizing The Villages Genealogical Society, library resources, and family members to locate the photos of the remaining 84 photo-less names. The Wall of Faces project is time-sensitive in that resources diminish as family and friends of the service men and women age.
Chapter 1036 and member John Thomstatter are striving to raise $1 million state-wide this year for an education center to accompany the Wall. The total price tag for the education center is $130 million, of which $40 million has already been raised nationwide.
Currently, the stories and photos of the names on the Wall are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website. The biographical information would also be accessible at the proposed education center.
To raise awareness and funding, Chapter 1036 and the Florida State Council are approaching other organizations and community groups for assistance.