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Vietnam Memorial Seeks Pictures of D.C. Veterans

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People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on March 29, 2013 as the US marks the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of its last combat troops from South Vietnam. Over 58,000 Americans lost their lives during the Vietnam war. (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on March 29, 2013 as the US marks the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of its last combat troops from South Vietnam. Over 58,000 Americans lost their lives during the Vietnam war. (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is collecting photographs of veterans named on the memorial wall, but organizers say they are coming up short on pictures of District of Columbia veterans.

The memorial group has been collecting photographs since 2009 to be shown in a planned education center. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund President Jan Scruggs says they’ve only received 76 photos of the 241 D.C. veterans who were killed in the war.

Scruggs says families can still mail in photographs or submit them online. He says it takes some detective work to track down the stories and faces behind the 58,000 names on the memorial.

About 1,000 Vietnam veterans are from the Washington area.

Organizers aim to start building the new underground education center next year to honor veterans who died.

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