State Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) is seeking photos of Vietnam War veterans from Wilson County who were killed in action in order to honor the fallen heroes at a new facility which compliments the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
The photos will be part of a multimedia display at the new Education Center at the Wall, which will be built between the existing Wall and the Lincoln Memorial.
The effort is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Beavers, who represents Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties in Senate District 17, was enlisted to help in the initiative by Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) who is heading up the effort statewide. The Education Center already has photos for 596 soldiers of the 1,295 Tennesseans who are listed on “The Wall” in Washington.
“The Wall is such a tremendous visual reminder of the sacrifices of these heroes,” said Beavers. “This display will put these faces of valor with the names to ensure they are honored for many generations to come.”
Beavers is seeking photos for the following: Billy E. Stevenson, Army; Clyde A. Ward, Army; James E. Bush, Army; Jerry D. Lancaster, Army and Ronnie C. Presley, Marine Corps. All of them listed their home city as Lebanon.
Photos can be submitted to Sen. Mae Beavers, 6 Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243 or call 615 741-2421.
To view the photos that have already been submitted or see if someone you know is among those without a photo, please visit The Wall of Faces website at www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces.