By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Marking the 25th anniversary observance of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, organizers are attempting to obtain good quality photographs of the Philadelphians who lost their lives in that conflict.
A Marine infantryman severely injured in Vietnam, current Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille says they’re partnering with the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial to collect photos.
“We’re not going to let these names fade into history.”
Castille points out while one of the walls at the Memorial at Front and Spruce Streets contains the 646-names that honor Philadelphians lost in the war, the photos will place their sacrifice in context.
“We want the human face. We want the warrior’s stories, not war stories, but the stories of the warriors whose names are on this wall and who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”
Eventually, they’d like to build an outdoor kiosk at the Penn’s Landing site to feature their stories.