Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Celebrates Ceremonial Groundbreaking for The Education Center At The Wall in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Education Center at the Wall, a result of years of dedication and hard work by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. There are 3,417 individuals from Texas whose names are on The Wall in Washington, D.C.

"The Education Center at the Wall, built adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will compliment the Wall and tell the stories of valor, courage and loss of our veterans," Gov. Perry said. "The Wall ensures we will never forget their names; the Education Center will ensure we never forget their faces or the stories behind their sacrifices."

"The Education Center at The Wall is a place where important values - Duty, Service, Courage, and Integrity - will be celebrated. It is proper that the new veterans, and those now in combat zones, will be honored at this special place," said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

The Education Center at The Wall will show the faces and tell the stories of the more than 58,000 individuals whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as celebrate the values that are embodied by all of America's service personnel. Among the exhibits at the Center will be The Wall of Faces, displaying images of the 58,282 whose names are memorialized on The Wall. The Center's exhibits will include some of the more than 300,000 personal items left at The Wall by brothers-in-arms, parents, children and other loved ones. It will also feature photos and stories of the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2010, Gov. Perry kicked off the Texas portion of the grassroots campaign for the Education Center at the Wall at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

The Education Center is still welcoming submissions to its photo collection. For details visit: http://www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org/pages/call-for-photos . For more information about the Education Center at The Wall and how to get involved, please visit http://www.buildthecenter.org.

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