By Matt Martini
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “The Wall That Heals” in Tennessee Bicentennial Capital Park Mall State Park will be the solemn backdrop for the “Faces of Valor Rally.” On Thursday, June 26 at 1 p.m., State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) along with his fellow senators and guests will launch a statewide effort to collect the remaining photos of all those from Tennessee who lost their lives in Vietnam.
Of the 1295 Tennesseans whose names are inscribed on “The Wall” in Washington, DC, there are 699* photos that have not yet been collected. That’s 699 faces who are known only to their family and friends and whose stories have yet to be told. Senator Green, MD, a former US Army special operations flight surgeon, has enlisted the help of his fellow senators to see that this task is completed and the stories of these heroes can be told as part of The Education Center at The Wall.
According to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Tennessee is the first state legislature in the nation to launch this effort.
“Tennessee is ‘The Volunteer State’ and I am proud that my fellow senators are the first legislative body to seek the remaining photos of these fallen heroes,” Green said. “Our nation is still healing from the wounds of Vietnam. Many of our service men and women never received the honor and respect they deserved. Our effort with the Education Center at The Wall heals those wounds and honors the service of those we lost.”