The Names of the fallen are engraved on black granite. In the beginning, many thought this memorial was not proper and respectful. Where were the heroic flourishes? Where were the inscriptions of valor? The memorial was vastly different from the memorials to past wars and warriors. Yet, something happened. People came and stared at those carved names. In the silence of the moment, the faces of those who gazed peered back. This unique occurrence, intended or not had a deep impact on many who came to read and see the names. In addition to the reflections of the visitors at the Wall what if the images of the names of these young warriors were there for all to see?
Now there is an ambitious project to have the Faces of the Fallen visible to all who come to honor them.
Today we celebrate the birth of our Freedom. Soon we will see the faces of those who gave the last full measure to the cause of Freedom.
In the nation’s capital, their names are etched in stone as remembrance. For Vietnam veteran John Thomstatter, knowing who the fallen soldiers were has become an ongoing endeavor.The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has started the Wall of Faces project, aimed at pairing a photograph with each of the more than 58,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
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