Photos of Virginia Vietnam War Veterans sought

Published 10:16 am Friday, April 22, 2022

The Virginia War Memorial is seeking personal photographs of Virginia Vietnam War veterans taken during their service in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The photos will be reviewed by the Memorial staff and may be used for the upcoming exhibit entitled, 50 Years Beyond: The Vietnam War Experience.

“We plan to feature photos of 50 Vietnam veterans from Virginia in the exhibit which will open January 27, 2023 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords which officially ended the Vietnam War,” said Dr. Clay Mountcastle, director of the Virginia War Memorial. “These photos will be used alongside professional photo portraits of the selected veterans taken today.”

The Virginia War Memorial is collaborating with award-winning photographer and U.S. Navy veteran Laura Hatcher to take the contemporary photos of the Vietnam veterans selected.

The Memorial staff is currently collecting “in-country” photos from the Vietnam War, personal correspondence, mementos and oral histories of veterans who served. Virginia Vietnam veterans should submit digital photos in jpg, tiff or PDF formats to the Virginia War Memorial by April 30 for consideration to be included in the upcoming exhibit.

“We greatly appreciate the assistance of Vietnam veterans and their families in this project. Please be assured that the Virginia War Memorial will not reproduce, publish or copy any 50 veterans are selected, the Memorial will secure written permission from the veteran submitting the photo for use.”

To submit photos and other materials go to https://vawarmemorial.org/50yearsbeyond/

Photos and materials may also be submitted by mail to: Fifty Years Beyond: The Vietnam War Experience, c/o The Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvedere St., Richmond, VA 23220

For more information about this project, email exhibits@vawarmemorial.org or call (804) 786-2060.